In last week’s Review Round-Up for Rodrigo Garcia’s Albert Nobbs, the consensus seemed to be that the film as a whole wasn’t going to have a big impact, but Glenn Close’s performance is profound. Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter writes about how Close fully inhabits her role:
…with pale and taut skin, wavy short hair, stiff posture and blank eyes shot through fear, Close entirely expresses the external life of a woman for whom maintaining appearances is truly everything.
Today we have our first glimpse at Close’s actual performance beyond just photographs as the first clip has been revealed courtesy of Rope of Silicon. There isn’t enough in the minute-long clip to judge for certain one way or another whether the performance is layered enough to be considered “Oscar-worthy,” but from a gimmick standpoint it all appears to be there. She has a clear physical appearance transformation and uses a thick accent and gravelly vocal quality to create a new persona. From first glimpse she does appear to “inhabit” the character well.
Take a look for yourself by watching the below clip:
Albert Nobbs is currently playing at the Toronto International Film Festival. It currently has a TBA U.S. release date.