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Rated R · 113 minutes · 2011

Glenn Close finally succeeds in mounting a screen version of the cross-dressing play she starred in on Broadway in 1982, about a meek, impoverished woman in Edwardian Ireland who poses as a man in order to support herself as a butler at a Dublin hotel. Adapted from a short story by George Moore, this tale must have seemed relatively novel three decades ago, but at this point it’s pretty old news. Janet McTeer has a much juicier part than Close does, as a butch lesbian who also passes herself off as a bloke but enjoys the ruse a lot more. Though Istvan Szabo (Being Julia) was slated to direct at one point, the assignment ultimately went to Rodrigo Garcia, who’s known for his female ensemble dramas (Nine Lives, Mother and Child) but demonstrates no particular affinity for this material. With Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brenda Fricker, and Brendan Gleeson.
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Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Producer: Glenn Close, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Alan Moloney, Cami Goff, John Goff, Sharon Harel-Cohen, Daryl Roth and David Shaw
Cast: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson, Janet McTeer, Brenda Fricker, Pauline Collins and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers

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