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Così

Director: Mark Joffe
Writer: Louis Nowra
Director of Photography: Ellery Ryan
Editor: Nicholas Beuman
Production Designer: Chris Kennedy
Producers: Richard Brennan and Timothy White
Miramax; R; 100 minutes
Release: 4/97
Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Barry Otto, Toni Collette, Pamela Rabe and David Wenham

Così dangles between feel-good fare and outrageous comedy but never establishes itself as either. Unemployed theater director Lewis (Mendelsohn) reluctantly takes a job staging a play at a mental hospital. The hospital staff has a cabaret revue in mind, but the patients are thinking more along the lines of Così fan tutte. Lewis and his troupe pull off Mozart's opera buffa fabulously, with a few minor disasters along the way.


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