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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
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)

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CAD 261,382 (Canada) (6 April 2001)


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

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A breath of fresh air
28 January 2001 | by (Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France) – See all my reviews

This film was recently released in Paris and involved a substantial number of French comedians - Auteuil, Rochefort, Laroque, Derpardieu Lhermitte, Aumont et alia. The acting of Auteil, Depardieu and Rocherfort above all is very amusing and good. I found Thierry Lhermitte's role in this film of less "importance" than in others, e.g. Le Diner de Cons and " Le Père Noël es une Ordure". The situation (probleme of homosexuality being or not being used as a way of firing or not firing someone )relates very much to today and the average spectator will be able to relate to the scenes of the film especially if he or she works in an office. I found the film most amusing, much better than 'Diner de Cons' (which had a bitter side to it). I think this film should better stand the test of time like some of Veber's previous servings ( La Chèvre, Compères Fugitifs ). The other thing is that is is not typically French and should be able to have a truly international appeal. Veber has this gift, I think of being able to be creative outside the French "carcan" and many of his works are remade internationally. Well worth seeing, wherever you come from and especially of you are feeling down in th mouth !!!!!

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