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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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

To protect his job, he's 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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Francis Veber: [François Pignon] features a likeable idiot called François Pignon. 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 completely uninteresting.
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A breath of fresh air
28 January 2001 | by nicholas.rhodesSee 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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