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Le placard (2001)

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

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Francis Veber (dialogue), Francis Veber (screenplay)
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Cast

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 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 »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

FRF 95,130,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,253, 1 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,671,454, 11 November 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The main set, constructed at the Epinay film studio, is a replica of the Prophyltex factory. 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

Félix Santini: I like showers.
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Spoofs Les nuits fauves (1992) See more »

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Take a look in "The Closet".....
22 December 2003 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

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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