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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 »


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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Great comedy! Its parts fit together like a Chinese wood block puzzle
8 October 2001 | by (Lawrence, KS) – See all my reviews

English: "The Closet"

This reminded me in some ways of M. Hulot (Le Vacance de M. Hulot, the greatest comedy I've ever seen), in others of some of the best of the Alec Guiness comedies. Not for style but for quality. It's at their level.

There were fine performances by all the main characters but I was fascinated by the unfolding of the plot. All the pieces fit together so intricately and well and so few liberties were taken of normal human reactions -- almost everything was within comfortable bonds of believability. Well, there were a couple of minor stretches -- the catalyzing role of a sexual encounter in finally transforming M. Pignon's personality was one, but wouldn't that be quaintly Gallic? And the transformation of his son was another, but then -- teenagers can sometimes be unpredictable, can't they? And it had only one broad sterotype, Mr. Santini (Gerard Depardieu). I left the theater amazed at how well the various facets of the plot fit so well together that it reminded me then of a Chinese wood block puzzle; now, a week later, that still seems most fitting.

This is _not_ a movie about being gay; that's only the gas that fuels the car that takes the people on that trip. It _is_ an observant, droll film about office politics and the way people's views of others can be distorted by labels. I'm sure -- within a few years -- this will be considered a classic and deservedly so.

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