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.

Have you seen the film?  What do you think?

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  • Patti Hicks says:

    My dad passed away 12 days ago – 95 yrs old! I live in his house & was his caregiver 24/7 for several years & we said I Love You every day. The 1st week went quickly with all the planning, service, etc. Now I feel paralyzed unable to do any cleaning. All the closets & drawers & attic & garage in house are bursting with clothing, gadgets, etc that my dad collected for a lifetime. All open spaces in house are still open so a visitor would see a beautiful home. I just can’t get started. Any suggestions?

    • Dear Patti: Firstly, my sincere condolences for your loss. Your dad had a wonderfully long life, and it sounds like you spent a lot of quality time with him in his last years!

      I am sure that you have already been through the home an collected any vital information, passports, credit cards, medicare, social security card, all legal and financial documents etc. It’s always important to locate and dispose of these documents carefully because of the risk of identity theft. Also set aside any personal photos, letters, etc. to read when you are ready – don’t try to read them while you are clearing.

      That being said, I’m not certain how much time you have to start clearing the home, but I suggest that you start gradually, one closet, drawer, a day to start and gradually it will become easier and go faster. Set a time, 30 mins in the morning each day; identify obvious trash and throw it away immediately and sort other items into donate, keep, or don’t know – ask family piles.

      If you need anymore advice or help, please email me directly or call our toll free number 1-888-229-5346

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