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
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 13.59 x 18.9 x 1.8 cm; 75.98 Grams
- Director : Mark Joffe
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 100 minutes
- Release date : 7 March 2018
- Studio : Umbrella Entertainment
- ASIN : B078B3YCKR
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 19,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Zur Story brauche ich nichts weiter zu sagen, steht ja da oben im Amazon-Text schon fast alles. Der Höhepunkt des Filmes ist das Ende: die Aufführung von Cosi fan tutte. Herrlich!
Negativ an der DVD ist, dass es keinen englischen Original-Ton gibt und das keine Extras auf der DVD sind. Wirklich sehr schade. Bildqualität scheint ganz Ok zu sein, bin da aber auch kein Experte. Für 5 Euro aber ein guter Film zur Unterhalung. Lustig, traurig, mit einem klitzekleinen Schuß Drama. Empehlenswert, da sich der Film vom üblichen Kinosuperduperfilm absetzt.
Lewis' cast is comprised of the usual suspects. Roy a manic esthete with a thirst for stage exposure, the painfully shy but suicidal Ruth, Doug the young foul-mouthed pyromaniac and Julie, the recovering drug addict played by a svelte Toni Collette almost unrecognizable from her 'Muriel' role. Cuckoos Nest this is not although the film does lend itself to the same theme. That united with people with whom we would otherwise not associate for a common cause, imperfect as they may be is uplifting in itself. Dealing with wilful mental patients like Roy and the violently agressive Cherry who have their own ideas about stage direction, Lewis fears for his own safety but before he quits suddenly realises that for all their idiosyncracies he really does like the misfits and decides to give it his best shot. Having worked in a psychiatric institution I found the portrayals well researched and not over the top as has been suggested. Also endearing was the head nurse, Errol who despite his burnt out approach and not looking out of place with a fag in his mouth really did show he cared. My only gripe is that Toni Collette was underused especially with that marvellous voice.Well, more kudos to the aussies for a job well done, and this from a kiwi! Save this one for a rainy day, or better yet give the disappointing MI2 a miss and rent Cosi out for the night. You wont be disappointed.