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The Closet (2001)

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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

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Guillaume
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Kopel, the director
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Christine
Stanislas Forlani ...
Franck (as Stanislas Crevillén)
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Belone, the neighbour
Edgar Givry ...
Mathieu
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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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Storyline

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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10 August 2001 (USA)  »

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Ein Mann sieht rosa  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 95,130,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 261,382 (Canada) (6 April 2001)

Gross:

$6,671,454 (USA) (9 November 2001)
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Dedicated to producer Alain Poiré, whose umpteenth and last film this was. See more »

Quotes

François Pignon: You're asking me to come out of a closet I've never been in!
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Spoofs Savage Nights (1992) See more »

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a touching astute film masquerading as a farce
10 June 2003 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

This is a delightful character study and social commentary masquerading as a broad farce. It is very, very funny. They avoid cheap "queer" jokes and cheap "homophobe" jokes even as they bluntly portray attitudes about homosexuals. Even though they use very real language to illustrate the attitudes. There is some great acting throughout. Each of the characters is a study in itself. The homophobic character (Depardieu) emerges as intriguing and sympathetic, where it could have been two dimensional. The relationship between Auteil and Aumont almost brought me to tears. The transformation of the lead character is believable, despite the improbable context that the film creates. The final scene with his ex-wife is powerful. Others have pointed out that the lead character never changes, the perceptions of others change. This makes his actual transformation that much more effective. This movie is a real find.


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