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
Alexandra Vandernoot ...
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

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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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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)


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

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French visa # 99173. See more »


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An excellent way to spend a couple of hours
20 July 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Faced with a choice of American "look-alike" movies, I watched this little gem on the basis of the cast alone. What an excellent choice!

This is a brilliantly funny movie, with some unforgettable moments - particularly the "testing department" sequence in the condom factory. The story is amusing, the cast are perfect, particularly Gerard Depardieu's hilarious, touching, crazy mixed up macho/gay guy. The premise, that in order to keep his job a colourless little accountant has to pretend that he is gay (a very tongue in cheek comment on prejudice here) - the can of worms that he opens up has many aspects, both good and bad. And they gave us a happy ending - what more can one ask for? Recommended.

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