Coming Attractions: Albert Nobbs, Tomboy, & The Iron Lady

19/12/2011 § Leave a comment

Three different films, one leitmotif.
Boundaries.  Convention.  Identity.

Albert Nobbs, starring the inestimable Glenn Glose in the title role she also played Off Broadway, is the story of a woman who masquerades as a man for over thirty years in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland.

French film Tomboy, is the story of Mikael, the new boy in town, who is actually a girl named Laure.

And last, but definitely not least, the amazing Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady, a portrait of the rise of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and the first female elected to head of government in the West.

While Albert and Mikael/Laure wrestle with their concept of themselves as manifested outwardly through their chosen manner and dress, Baroness Thatcher contends with some of the same issues as they relate to her chosen profession.  All three struggle with the corresponding concepts of masculinity and femininity.  I look forward to seeing all three.

Albert Nobbs opens January 27.
Tomboy is currently in limited release.
The Iron Lady opens December 30.

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