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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.

Director:

Francis Veber

Writers:

Francis Veber (dialogue), Francis Veber (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Stanislas Forlani ... Franck (as Stanislas Crevillén)
Michel Aumont ... Belone, the neighbour
Edgar Givry Edgar Givry ... Mathieu
Thierry René Thierry René ... Victor (as Thierry Ashanti)
Armelle Deutsch ... Ariane
Michèle Garcia Michèle Garcia ... Madame Santini
Laurent Gamelon ... Alba
Vincent Moscato ... Ponce
Irina Ninova 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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He was about to lose his job, until a friend offered to start a rumor... Now he's about to come out of the closet he never went into. See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

French visa # 99173. See more »

Goofs

Around 00:20:18, Ariane's arm is on the chair's armrest. On the next shot, her arm is on the desk. See more »

Quotes

François Pignon: You're asking me to come out of a closet I've never been in!
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Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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a touching astute film masquerading as a farce
10 June 2003 | by wtyson1See 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Mann sieht rosa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF95,130,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,678,894

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,104,745
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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