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The Closet (2001)

Le placard (original title)
R | | Comedy | 10 August 2001 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kopel, the director
Stanislas Forlani ...
Franck (as Stanislas Crevillén)
Belone, the neighbour
Edgar Givry ...
Thierry René ...
Victor (as Thierry Ashanti)
Michèle Garcia ...
Madame Santini
Laurent Gamelon ...
Vincent Moscato ...
Irina Ninova ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Mann sieht rosa  »

Box Office


FRF 95,130,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 261,382 (Canada) (6 April 2001)


$6,671,454 (USA) (9 November 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Francis Veber: [François Pignon] features a likeable idiot called François Pignon. See more »


Belone, the neighbour: I was fired for same reason they're keeping you on. Amazing how things evolve, huh?
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References The Dinner Game (1998) See more »

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Anything can happen in a condom factory!
30 September 2001 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This amiable and amusing film is delightful as it plays around with political correctness, homophobia, machismo, and business management.

The dull-witted and just plain dull main character keeps his job by pretending to be gay -- at the suggestion of a neighbor who is an industrial psychologist that once lost his own job BECAUSE he is gay. With that premise, the film is off to a wonderful series of misunderstandings and revelations as our hero discovers a great deal about life, people around him, and most of all, himself. The fact that all of this takes place is a very prim, high-tech condom factory makes the comedy all the more lively.

I wasn't expecting the lift that the film gave me. It has a flimsy giddiness about it lacking in most comedies about being gay or straight or anything else. See it if you get a chance.

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