ALBERT NOBBS (15)
GLENN Close stars as an emotionally damaged woman who passes herself off as a butler to survive the hardships of late 19th century Ireland.
Albert Nobbs (Close) is a dedicated member of staff at Morrison's Hotel in Dublin owned by Mrs Baker (Pauline Collins), who indulges the fancies of her well-to-do guests including Viscount Yarrell (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).
For years, Albert has kept his gender a secret but the subterfuge is shattered when the butler shares his room with painter Hubert Page (Janet McTeer), who also turns out to be a woman in disguise. Hubert's revelation that he has a wife (Bronagh Gallagher) inspires Albert to contemplate a marriage proposal to pretty maid Helen (Mia Wasikowska). New employee Joe (Aaron Johnson), who is romancing Helen, scents "a whiff of money" from Nobbs and he encourages her to conduct a sham romance.
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Superb performances from Close and McTeer.
DAMSELS IN DISTRESS (12A)
IT HAS been 14 years since writer-director Whit Stillman refracted his rose-tinted memories of infamous New York nightclub Studio 54 in the acclaimed drama The Last Days Of Disco.
The indie auteur returns with this whimsical comedy about three self-obsessed college students, Violet (Greta Gerwig), Heather (Carrie MacLemore) and Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke), who do more harm than good with a campus-based counselling service for depressed fellow undergraduates.
The plucky trio take well-adjusted new girl Lily (Analeigh Tipton) under their wing and slowly but surely they warp her perspective on life, convincing Lily that the only way to stand out from the crowd is to be part of their crowd.