Cosi (1996)

  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 40m

Ben Mendelsohn stars as Lewis Riley, an unemployed young man who applies for a job as a director/drama teacher at a mental hospital. He lands the job and finds himself directing a production of the Mozart opera Così fan tutte, an elaborate, demanding piece of theatre, an opera in Italian. And it is going to be performed by a cast that he must select from among the patients, who only speak English.

One of the patients, Roy (Barry Otto), sweeps everything along before him, organising auditions, selecting cast members, and criticising the director. The cast chosen include three women: Julie (Toni Collette), Ruth (Pamela Rabe), and Cherry (Jacki Weaver) and two men: Henry (Paul Chubb) and Doug (David Wenham). The musical director is Zac (Colin Hay). The enthusiasm of Roy infects the group, and they charge headlong into a memorable production.

Alongside the story of Lewis, the theme of Così fan tutte is explored as it relates to his personal life. Lewis’s relationship with his girlfriend Lucy (Rachel Griffiths), already under pressure, is not helped by a friend called Nick (Aden Young), who seems more interested in testing Lucy’s faithfulness than anything else.

The story is loosely based on Nowra’s own experience at producing Trial by Jury at Plenty Mental Hospital in suburban Melbourne in 1971

Director

Mark Joffe

Language(s)

English

You may also like

The Noble Family
  • Comedy
  • 1h 48m
Happy Ending
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 40m
Macadam Stories
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 40m
The Mystery Of Happiness
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 32m
Skylab
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 53m
Like Crazy
  • Drama, Comedy
  • 1h 58m
The Big Sick
  • Comedy
  • 2h 0m
This Beautiful Fantastic
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 29m
Perfect Strangers
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 36m
Logan Lucky
  • Comedy
  • 1h 58m
C'est la Vie
  • Comedy
  • 1h 51m
Just To Be Sure
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 40m
Red Dog: True Blue
  • Comedy
  • 1h 28m
Brad's Status
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 37m
The Disaster Artist
  • Comedy
  • 1h 44m
Game Night
  • Comedy, Action
  • 1h 40m
Hibiscus & Ruthless
  • Comedy
  • 1h 37m
Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale
  • Comedy, Animation
  • 1h 11m
Funny Cow
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 42m
The Edge of Seventeen
  • Comedy
  • 1h 44m
The Teacher
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 43m
Crazy Rich Asians
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 55m
Juliet, Naked
  • Comedy
  • 1h 37m
Humor Me
  • Comedy
  • 1h 29m
My Big Gay Italian Wedding
  • Comedy
  • 1h 26m
Mega Time Squad
  • Action, Adventure
  • 1h 19m
Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss
  • Comedy, Horror
  • 1h 38m
Two is a Family
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 57m
Fisherman's Friends
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 52m
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
  • Family, Adventure
  • 1h 44m
The Peanut Butter Falcon
  • Adventure, Comedy
  • 1h 37m
Shazam!
  • Action
  • 2h 12m
Whisky Galore
  • Comedy
  • 1h 38m
The Legend of Baron To'a
  • Action, Comedy
  • 1h 45m
Horrible Histories The Movie: Rotten Romans
  • Comedy, Family
  • 1h 32m
The Trip to Greece
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 43m
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
  • Adventure, Comedy
  • 1h 36m
Swimming With Men
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 37m
The Gentlemen
  • Action, Comedy
  • 1h 53m
Sibyl
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 40m
Destination Wedding
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 30m
Bend it Like Beckham
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 52m
Slumdog Millionaire
  • Drama, Romance
  • 2h 0m
Warm Bodies
  • Comedy, Horror
  • 1h 38m
Last Cab to Darwin
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 2h 3m
Filth
  • Comedy, Crime
  • 1h 37m
My Life as a Zucchini
  • Animation, Comedy
  • 1h 4m
Toni Erdmann
  • Comedy
  • 2h 36m
The Death of Stalin
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 33m
Frank
  • Comedy
  • 1h 35m
Bernie
  • Comedy
  • 1h 35m
Asterix: Mansions of the Gods
  • Adventure, Animation
  • 1h 26m
Another Woman's Life
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 37m
An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn
  • Comedy, Action
  • 1h 44m
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 36m
A Month of Sundays
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 50m
The Trip to Spain
  • Comedy
  • 1h 44m
The Trip to Italy
  • Comedy
  • 1h 49m
The Trip
  • Comedy
  • 1h 47m
Sink or Swim
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 2h 2m
Judy & Punch
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 45m
The Breaker Upperers
  • Comedy
  • 1h 18m
Kenny
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 43m
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Action, Adventure
  • 1h 37m
Guns Akimbo
  • Action, Adventure
  • 1h 35m
Goodbye Pork Pie
  • Action, Adventure
  • 1h 30m
The Hippopotamus
  • Comedy
  • 1h 30m
Lucky
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 28m
The Price of Milk
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 27m
Stickmen
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 34m
Sione's Wedding
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 37m
Sione's 2: Unfinished Business
  • Comedy
  • 1h 32m
Boy
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 30m
Girl Asleep
  • Comedy, Family
  • 1h 17m
Don's Party
  • Comedy
  • 1h 30m
La Dolce Vita
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 2h 56m
Heathers
  • Comedy
  • 1h 43m
Come to Daddy
  • Comedy, Thriller
  • 1h 34m
Thunder Road
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 32m
The Catch
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 25m
Lost and Found
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 36m
The Carer
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 29m
Adult Life Skills
  • Comedy
  • 1h 36m
Tickled
  • Documentary, Comedy
  • 1h 32m
The Liability
  • Comedy, Crime
  • 1h 26m
The Exes
  • Comedy, Romance
  • 1h 24m
Support The Girls
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 30m
Mood Indigo
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 30m
In Bed with Victoria
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 36m
Born To Dance
  • Dance, Comedy
  • 1h 36m
The Angels' Share
  • Comedy, Crime
  • 1h 37m
My Wedding and Other Secrets
  • Comedy
  • 1h 28m
Bad Boy Bubby
  • Comedy, Crime
  • 1h 51m
The Brass Teapot
  • Comedy, Fantasy
  • 1h 42m
Death in Brunswick
  • Comedy, Dark Humor
  • 2h 29m