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The Closet (2001)
"Le placard" (original title)

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A man spreads the rumor of his fake homosexuality with the aid of his neighbor, to prevent his imminent firing at his work.

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Kopel, the director
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Christine
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Franck (as Stanislas Crevillén)
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Belone, the neighbour
Edgar Givry ...
Mathieu
Thierry René ...
Victor (as Thierry Ashanti)
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Ariane
Michèle Garcia ...
Madame Santini
Laurent Gamelon ...
Alba
Vincent Moscato ...
Ponce
Irina Ninova ...
Martine
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François Pignon, a very bland sort of man who works as an accountant in a rubber factory, is about to be fired. His new neighbour comes up with an idea to prevent such a thing to happen: he spreads the rumor that he's gay so that the factory management might be afraid they'll be sued for sexual discrimination. Of course, nothing happens as it should, but the changes in François Pignon's life -and other people's too- is drastic ! Written by Anonymous

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To Protect His Job, He's Come Out of the Closet He Never Went Into!

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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17 January 2001 (France)  »

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FRF 95,130,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,769 (Hong Kong) (4 October 2002)

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$14,769 (Hong Kong) (4 October 2002)
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A Great, Funny Feel-Good Movie
11 November 2004 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Anyone who dismisses foreign films as too abstract or intellectual should see this one; it functions no differently than any American comedy. (By American comedy, I'm speaking of movies like the better Coen Brothers or Woody Allen comedies and not mass-produced garbage like "White Chicks".) Many times I completely forgot it was in French and that I was reading subtitles.

Daniel Auteuil is great in this charming film. His sad-sack loser is reminiscent of William H. Macy's most famous roles, or perhaps Jack Lemmon in "The Apartment".

Everything goes wrong for François Mignon. Neither his wife, who left him two years before, nor his teenage son will have anything to do with him. He is ignored at work, and finds out through the grapevine that he has been fired.

His next-door neighbor talks him out of suicide and comes up with a plan to save his job: if Mignon pretends to be gay, the company will not want to look homophobic by firing him.

This plan works perfectly, and Mignon is thrown into a number of increasingly ridiculous situations, now that he is reputed to be gay.

The film wraps up quickly and ties together almost too neatly, but the ending fits the fast paced comic style of everything before it. Overall, this is an entertaining and heartwarming film.


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