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10 August 2001 (USA) See more »
To Protect His Job, He's Come Out of the Closet He Never Went Into!
A man spreads the rumor of his fake homosexuality with the aid of his neighbor, to prevent his imminent firing at his work. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Daniel Auteuil ... François Pignon

Gérard Depardieu ... Félix Santini

Thierry Lhermitte ... Guillaume

Michèle Laroque ... Mlle Bertrand

Jean Rochefort ... Kopel, the director
Alexandra Vandernoot ... Christine

Stanislas Forlani ... Franck (as Stanislas Crevillén)

Michel Aumont ... Belone, the neighbour
Edgar Givry ... Mathieu
Thierry René ... Victor (as Thierry Ashanti)

Armelle Deutsch ... Ariane
Michèle Garcia ... Madame Santini
Laurent Gamelon ... Alba
Vincent Moscato ... Ponce
Irina Ninova ... Martine
Marianne Groves ... Suzanne
Philippe Vieux ... Cop
Luq Hamet ... Moreau
Philippe Brigaud ... Lambert
Eric Vanzetta ... Maitre D
Michel Caccia ... Wine waiter
Jean-Paul Zucca ... Watchman
Joël Demarty ... Photographer

Dominique Thomas ... Mover
Akihiro Nishida ... Japanese visitor 1
Hiro Uchiyama ... Japanese visitor 2
Yongsou Cho ... Japanese visitor 3
Onochi Seietsu ... Japanese visitor 4
Sylvaine Perrin ... L'ouvrière de l'usine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aurore Auteuil ... Girl at restaurant (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Veber 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Francis Veber  dialogue
Francis Veber  screenplay

Produced by
Patrice Ledoux .... producer
Alain Poiré .... line producer
Original Music by
Vladimir Cosma 
Cinematography by
Luciano Tovoli 
Film Editing by
Georges Klotz 
Casting by
Franck Jouard 
Françoise Menidrey 
Production Design by
Hugues Tissandier 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Bouchard 
Makeup Department
Frédérique Arguello .... hair stylist
Alain Bernard .... hair stylist
Jean-Pierre Caminade .... hair stylist
Jean-Pierre Caminade .... makeup artist
Joël Lavau .... hair stylist
Joël Lavau .... makeup artist
Production Management
Yann Arnaud .... assistant unit manager
Michel Boyard .... assistant unit manager
Henri Brichetti .... production manager
Ghislaine Cauet-Martinotto .... assistant production manager
Pierre D'Hoffelize .... unit production manager
Philippe Desmoulins .... production manager
Hakim Falek .... assistant unit manager
Alexandra Gosset .... assistant unit manager
Hervé Hillien .... assistant unit manager
Kieran Labarrère .... assistant unit manager
Serge Lamadie .... assistant unit manager
François Menny .... unit manager
Christian Saville .... assistant unit manager
Marion Vallot .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Diane .... daily assistant director
David Diane .... trainee assistant director
Aurore Feugret .... assistant director
Christopher Gachet .... second assistant director
Nicolas Pagnol .... assistant director
Laurent Petrelli .... second assistant director
Bernard Seitz .... first assistant director
Isabelle Thévenet .... assistant director (as Isabelle Perrin-Thévenet)
Art Department
Philippe Anselme .... construction grip
Cyrille Bastide .... painter
Jean-Pierre Battaia .... head constructor
Jean-Michel Bertin .... art department crew
Colette Billaud .... art department crew
Pierre Blanchard .... art department crew
Gilles Boillot .... first assistant art director
Fabrice Bouchelet .... art department crew
Michel Bourgeois .... construction
Patrick Bretonniere .... set constructor
Fabrice Champion .... assistant decorator
Jean-Jacques Chapelle .... construction key grip
Gildas Cotonea .... construction coordinator
Thierry Crépin .... art department grip
Dominique Dumazateau .... props
Jean Dumazateau .... property master
Thierry Dumazateau .... props
Mark Dykmeyer .... set dresser
Guillaume Fidon .... construction
Philippe Gomard .... painter
Philippe Gougam .... construction
Thierry Gratien .... head carpenter
Elie Guarguir .... painter
Lazlo Guarguir .... painter
Gilles Guerber-Zaza .... painter
Stéphane Guffrooy .... painter
Jean Habay .... construction
Virginie Hernvann .... assistant art director
Vladimir Houbart .... assistant production designer
Alexis Jorand .... painter
Jacques Kazandian .... head draper
Bernard LaTouche .... construction key grip
Bertrand Laval .... construction key grip
Guy Lionel .... painter
Françoise Malaplate .... painter
Daniel Maltret .... assistant decorator
Eric Marie .... art department crew
Didier Masson .... construction
Pascal Masson .... construction grip
Guy Monbillard .... props
Franck Mortier .... property master
Marc Pinquier .... property master
Caroline Platiau .... assistant draper
Eric Poisson .... construction laborer
Claude Poulain .... painter
Stéphane Richaud .... construction
Clotaire Roux .... carpenter
Yves Roux .... carpenter
Bruno Sailord .... props
Olivier Salesse .... construction grip
Evelyne Tissandier .... art department crew
Georges Tissot .... construction
Bobane Veselinovic .... art department crew
Sound Department
Bernard Bats .... sound
Pierre-Yves Bruneel .... boom operator
Annabel Callard .... post-synchronization
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Pascal Dedeye .... foley artist
Thomas Desjonquères .... sound editor
Eric Ferret .... foley mixer
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Jean Gargonne .... sound editor
François Groult .... sound mixer
Jean-Pierre Houël .... foley mixer
Armelle Mahé .... foley mixer
Pedro Marques .... synchronization sound engineer
Gilles Missir .... foley mixer
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Jacques-Olivier Molon .... sculptor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Arnaud Chelet .... digital artist: Eclair Numerique
Yann Doray .... compositor
Malika Mazauric .... digital artist: Eclair Numerique
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects
Sarah Moreau .... digital artist: Eclair Numerique
Philippe Soeiro .... digital artist: Eclair Numerique
Yannick Derrien .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Yves Agostini .... camera operator
Bernard Brégier .... grip
Gerard Buffard .... grip
David Campbell .... crane operator: Super Technocrane
Caroline Corgnet .... video assistant
Stéphane Cry .... electrician
Pascal Delaunay .... grip
Dominique Delguste .... first assistant camera
Roland Dondin .... electrician
Alain Dreze .... grip
Michel Gentils .... grip
Océane Lavergne .... second assistant camera: renfort
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... gaffer (as Jean-Claude LeBras)
Dominique Le Strat .... still photographer
Pascal Lombardo .... electrician
Steve Moreau .... second assistant camera
Marc Mulero .... electrician
Eric Pezzali .... grip
Benjamin Provost .... electrician
Robert Prévost .... electrician
Vincent Richard .... additional electrician
Stéphane Rochera .... electrician
Yvon Sausseau .... key grip
Patrick Slamani .... electrician
Serge Valézy .... electrician
Philippe Houdart .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tess Hammami .... set costumer
Gil Noir .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Thomas Desjonquères .... assistant editor
Viviane Gourvest .... assistant editor
Marsan-Bachere .... color timer (as Mathieu Marsan-Bachré)
Daniel Vincent .... color timer
Other crew
Stéphane Aupetit .... production assistant
Élizabeth Boorn .... production secretary
Françoise Della Libera .... production administrator
Laurent Renard .... press attache
Dominique Segall .... press attache
Isabelle Thévenet .... script supervisor (as Isabelle Perrin-Thévenet)

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Also Known As:
"Le placard" - France (original title)
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Rated R for a scene of sexuality
84 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Dedicated to producer Alain Poiré, whose umpteenth and last film this was.See more »
Guillaume:[to Félix] You've got to bash that gay bashing image, damn it!See more »
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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Take a look in "The Closet"....., 22 December 2003
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

Anti-discrimination laws are given a tweaking in this light, amusing French comedy. Auteuil plays an unassuming, rather colorless, 20-year employee of a condom factory. When, one day, he is told that he will be let go due to corporate downsizing, he is suicidally despondent. However, a caring neighbor (Aumont) devises a scheme that will possibly save Auteuil's job. He decides to "out" Auteuil as gay so that the dismissal will look like discrimination, thus panicking the company into keeping him on staff. This act sets into motion a number of comical complications, much of which involve the company macho man/bully (Depardieu) and Auteuil's boss Laroque. The film is pretty superficial and doesn't really delve into all the ramifications of it's storyline situation, but it does provide some easy laughs and some strong performances throughout. Auteuil is properly average, yet eventually ingratiating. Depardieu shows why he's one of France's top actors with a right-on, finely nuanced portrayal. His is probably one of the most complicated characters in the film and he handles it well. Laroque is an attractive and solid presence as well. Aside from a host of good actors, the film also boasts a gorgeous production design. All of the costumes, sets and color schemes come together to create a distinctive and pleasing look. The plot is almost paper thin and characters don't often act as real people would, but this is a farce and, as such, it delivers some amusement and interest. One disconcerting thing is the level of cruelty in some cases. One character is savagely beaten and another has his life virtually destroyed all in the name of "fun". This could be due to a different perspective between a U.S. viewpoint and a French one. It tarnishes the goodwill and fun of the film, but only slightly. Mostly, it is a pretty and frothy concoction (complete with one of the most adorable kittens ever seen on screen) that shouldn't offend or upset any of it's target audience.

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