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Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.
Interesting documentary about Chastity Bono's sex change to become Chaz Bono. It deals well with the complexities of life for both the trans-gendered, and for the children of very famous people.
Quite touching and informative, it makes the still uneasy and confusing (for many) subject of sex re-assignment far more human, and understandable on both a technical (how does it work?) and - more important – emotional level.
It also doesn't shy away from the hard parts (e.g. the difficult personality changes brought on in Chaz by his intense hormone therapy). Chaz is allowed to look self-centered, and even like a jerk at times, without it impeding on our sympathy or identification. He's just a person, like all of us, which is the whole point.
While the film-making itself can be uneven, this is the kind of film that helps people open their hearts and minds to those who seem 'different'. And that is always a worthwhile thing.
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