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The Closet (Le Placard) (2001)

The Closet (Le Placard) (2001)

The Closet (Le Placard)



Critic Consensus: A pleasant comedy with a great cast.

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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
Rating: R (for a scene of sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Francis Veber
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 13, 2001
Box Office: $4.5M
Miramax - Official Site


Daniel Auteuil
as François Pignon
Gérard Depardieu
as Felix Santini
Michel Aumont
as Belone, the neighbo...
Jean Rochefort
as Kopel, the director
Michèle Laroque
as Mlle. Bertrand
Edgar Givry
as Mathieu
Irina Ninova
as Martine
Luq Hamet
as Moreau
as Maitre d'Hotel
Michel Caccia
as Wine Waiter
Joël Demarty
as Photographer
Dominique Thomas
as Removal Man
Akihiro Nishida
as Japanese Client No. ...
Hiro Uchiyama
as Japanese Client No. ...
Yongsou Cho
as Japanese Client No. ...
Onochi Seietsu
as Japanese Client No. ...
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Critic Reviews for The Closet (Le Placard)

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (29)

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.

July 20, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2009

...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).

Full Review… | June 18, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2003 UK

Veber has created a film which manages to be both humorous and thought-provoking.

Full Review… | February 13, 2003

... a gentle and astute minor comedy of manners

Full Review… | October 30, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Smart and funny, The Closet, is a good work of Veber, that don't leave without bring an anti-homophobia.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


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 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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