The Closet (Le Placard) (2001)
Forty-something Francois Pignon, who has worked for years as an accountant for the same contraceptive manufacturer, becomes suicidal when he learns that his company is downsizing and he is about to lose his job. Work means everything to this gloomy and boring little man since both his ex-wife, who left him after two years of marriage, and their 16-year-old son avoid him. But things are about to change when Pignon's psychologist neighbor persuades him that he can save his job by coming out to his employers as a gay man -- even though he isn't. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Closet (Le Placard)
One reason that Veber's comic ideas are so effective is that, in addition to being very funny, they hit on the sort of sociological issues that people really do think about.
While the generally sunny tone and faultlessly charming execution of the movie ... keeps things bubbling along, there's a cauldron churning somewhere beneath.
If one didn't know any better, one would think that French farceur Francis Veber's latest comedy as a just-unearthed relic from the '80s, given how it treats homosexuality as some sort of cutesy novelty.
...there are a number of sequences that would clearly benefit from a more broad sensibility (there's a scene that's virtually crying out for a spit take, for example).
all honours finally go to Veber, who has once again single-handedly changed the landscape of gay filmmaking, proving that gay subject matter can be financially successful without being condescending.
Veber has created a film which manages to be both humorous and thought-provoking.
A harmless, genial sitcom comedy that has little bite in its political and sexual agenda...
This is a film with gay/lesbian sensibilities that can play well with a crossover more mainstream crowd
This one-joke movie manages so many imaginative wrinkles that it successfully extends the joke into a feature length film.
Genial, likable, and perhaps, in its own peculiar way, even thought-provoking.
It is not often laugh-out-loud funny, but it is consistently amusing.
See The Closet now before somebody ruins an American version by casting Robin Williams and scrubbing clean all its wanton wackiness.
It never forgoes the human moments for the farce, and the speed of the storytelling ensures that it is believable enough to work.
Light, breezy, and actually funny.
A film filled with surprises and twists.
Gay Paree just bubbled up a few degrees with this delightfully witty homo-faux-bic comedy.
It might have been a sharper comedy by facing its real subject -- corporate conformity and PC enforcement -- but Veber has made a snickering appeal for gay rights by topping it with hetero payoffs.
The remarkably thin plot works primarily due to Auteuil's disarming charm.
The film offers no grand statements, just a clever idea and exceptional cast.
An amusing enterprise that walks a fine, clever line on a tricky topic without ever giving offense.
Audience Reviews for The Closet (Le Placard)
The Closet is a terrific and very funny film from France. With a great cast at hand, director Francis Veber crafts one of the best comedies that I've seen. The Closet is a ridiculous film from start to finish, and is a smart witted comedy film as well. The cast are great here, and Gerard Depardieu is really funny here, and he has made one of his finest films here. Daniel Auteuil is great as well as the lead character. The film is original, and the jokes are plentiful, and you always find yourself laughing because of its plot. I very loved the film, and thought it was a fine film really should be seen by film fans looking for a comedy that is different, yet has everything you'd expect from such a film. One of the reasons why this film works so well is because of the cast who are just wonderful to watch on-screen. Francis Veber's directing is immaculate and he has a good eye at what makes a good comedy. This is a well done film that delivers the laughs with a smartly written script that just keeps you entertained till the very end of the film. This is a great comedy that delivers solid laughs, and is a very new take on what makes a good comedy. Truly original and fun, along with OSS117, this is one of the best French comedies in recent memory. I highly recommend this film and if you';re in the mood for a different type of comedy, then this film is for you.More
Smart and funny, The Closet, is a good work of Veber, that don't leave without bring an anti-homophobia.More
This movie is in French with English subtitles, Don't let that keep you from watching it. You will laugh from start to finish as Daniel Auteuil plays the part of a worker who is about to be fired from the company he works for, until he and his buddy dream up a plan to spread the rumor that he is gay, and send in pictures to his boss, well rumors fly and he gets boosted to the top. A enjoyable movie, worth the watch, very comical and very true of peoples nature. 5 starsMore
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