Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Ben Mendelsohn, Barry Otto, Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Aden Young
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Fun, fresh, and thoroughly entertaining, COSI is the acclaimed comedy about a colorful circle of friends just crazy enough to follow an impossible dream! A first-time director is thrilled to land a job with a small show ..... more »
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Been there, done that, got the t-shirt!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this movie! I am Australian and you may think that makes me biased, but I'm not a great fan of all Australian movies. Having worked in another Psychiatric Hospital very near to the one where this was filmed, I can vouch for the characterization of the patients and staff. I saw exact replicas of patients I'd known, and yes a lot of them really do act like that. No-one gave a bad performance but the three knockout actors were Jackie Weaver( Cherry), Barry Otto (Roy) and David Wenham (Doug). We don't make many formula movies in Australia-we leave that up to Hollywood ,but if you like something different, offbeat and gritty and you're a fan of movies like Strictly Ballroom, Priscilla or Muriel's Wedding, you'll love this. I found it hilariously funny but also touching in a not-so soppy way."
One flew over the galahs nest...
masonx | 06/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A poignant and touching australian comedy drama which I highly recommend to film buffs out for some much needed relief from sci-fi, action films and special effects. The story centres around Lewis, a young sydneysider who half-heartedly applies for a job as an occupational therapist in a Sydney mental hospital, and gets it at he toss of a coin, literally. His main brief is to organise a variety show for the patients but this is immediately suborned by one persistent resident who insists they instead perform Mozart's complicated romance"Cosi fan Tutte". Thereby he is introduced to an interesting cast of characters each with their own phobias, psychoses and hangups. This and his own relationship worries with partner Lucy do not make life any easier. Enough said.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."
A rare treasure in a sea of bad Aussie movies! ;)
Stefanie | Seattle, WA | 12/30/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Cosi is an absolutely fantastic find in the sea of Australian movies that are often total trash! A truly honest and original film, it creates several hilarious psychiatric patients including a pyromaniac to make Cosi a captivating story that really does entertain you for a couple of hours.Based on the play written by Louis Nowra, Cosi is the uplifting story of how a group of psychiatric hospital tenants come together to perform an Italian opera Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart) against the initial thoughts of the amateur director who has agreed to help the patients "come out of their shells". This is a tale of how "Jerry" (as one of the patient labels him) learns to accept these people and eventually he discovers and reveals to the audience that although these people are considered "crazy lunatics", they are, in essence, no more crazy than the people on the 'outside'.This movie is for those looking for an original, creative film that guarantees laughs and smiles as well as entertaining characters and good ol' Aussie humour."
Fantastic...I love this movie!
Karen V. | Manassas, VA United States | 01/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderfully touching movie! I've watched it several times over and simply love it each time. It's funny...it's sad...it's human...it's life. As moving as this story is, I don't recommend it for children due to the language. On my scale of buy, or not to buy...definitely a buy!
This is the story of a young man (Lewis), an amateur theatre director, who's just having the devil of a time figuring out his life. He looses his job and reluctantly takes a position as an activities director in a government-run program for the rehabilitation of people with varying degrees of mental illness.
As activites director, Lewis is tasked with organizing a seriously dysfunctional group of mentally ill individuals to put on a show to justify the funding and existance of the program. He's absolutely horrified when introduced to his "charges" and wants nothing to do with the project. He's persuaded to take on the challenge, and the adventure of a lifetime begins. As hard as Lewis tries to stay emotionally detached from his cast, he finds he can't help but let them into his life. To his surprise, the closer he gets to them the more he learns about himself, his own life, and life in general.
For their presentation, the group decides they want to do a play and pick Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte. I don't think this particular production was quite what Mozart had in mind for his play! What could go wrong? Oh my! What couldn't go wrong?!?! Everything you can think of happens during the rehearsals and the actual presentation of the play. The actors are trained well though, and the show goes on to finish...and...what a finish it is!
The sadness, humor and frailty of each character portrayed in this movie is just fantastic. The acting is superb. The directing excellent. This is just an all around good movie."