Academy Nominated Albert Nobbs: More Than a Well Pressed Suit in His Closet
Glenn Close and Mia Wasikowska in Academy Nominated Albert Nobbs
In this Academy Nominated film about the risks of being true to oneself, Albert Nobbs, Glen Close’s character decides to organize his life around his values: financial security, love and long lasting companionship are his goals.
As the story unfolds, we can’t help but feel compassion and empathy when we learn why Mr. Nobbs has lived his life as a man. Like many of us he has more than a well pressed suit and a bowler hate in his closet: like many of us, he has a few skeletons lurking there and must deal with them if he is to achieve his goals and live a truly fulfilled life.
The climax of the film left me asking myself why, when life is such a high stakes game, do we continue to not live our truth. Why, when if we only gave others the opportunity to understand us, they probably would, do we hide our insecurities, tragedies and fears.
Trust: Some people trust easily but other’s need time or the need to feel simpatico.
Like the doctor in the story who is inspired to make changes in his own life when he learns of Albert’s dad and lonely existence, my heart screamed, “Oh No!” at the climax of the film. And I have to ask myself in this high stakes game of life, why are we all so squeamish about sharing information about ourselves that could help people better understand our actions.
Perhaps if Albert had been a little more introspective – examined his childhood experiences – he might have better understood their impact upon his early life decisions. And from that understanding gained insight on how to pursue the love and happiness he so craved, earlier rather than later in his life.
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