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The Closet (2001)

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Original title: Placard, Le

Release Date
• USA: Jun 29, 2001
• UK: 17 May 2002
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jun 3, 2003

Budget FRF 95,130,000
BoxOffice: $4.5M

Official Website:
The Closet Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for a scene of sexuality.

Running Time
1 hour, 24 minutes

Country France

Studio Canal Plus, EFVE Films, Gaumont, TFI

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Other Titles
• The Closet (2001)
• Le Placard
• Mann sieht rosa, Ein (2001)

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Genre: Comedy, Gay/Lesbian, Experimental, Satire, Scams And Cons

Plot: It's all about perception…

Francois Pignon (Daniel Auteuil, The Widow of Saint-Pierre) leads an uncomplicated, complacent and quiet existence. Due to his severe case of "boring," his wife leaves him and his seventeen-year-old son abandons him. Pignon has little left to sustain himself except his accounting job at a condom factory. Until one day he accidentally discovers he is going to be fired, because his employers have grown tired of him as well.

Desperate for a solution, Pignon looks to his neighbor Belone (Michel Aumont), a retired corporate psychologist, for help. Together, they devise an outrageous scheme to solve his problem: Pignon will come out of a closet he never went into, and start a rumor that will have his entire corporation thinking he’s gay.

Due to this "surprising revelation," the new, mysterious Pignon suddenly intrigues his employer. Now he is a straight man pretending to live a gay life, entrenched in a comedy of errors, and finding his new persona is affecting everyone in his world. For the first time in his life, Francois Pignon is coming alive. -- © 2001 Miramax

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 Directed by
Francis Veber
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 Written by
Francis Veber
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Daniel Auteuil
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Thierry Lhermitte
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Michel Aumont
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Jean Rochefort
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Alexandra Vandernoot
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Edgar Givry
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Thierry Ashanti
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 Music By
Vladimir Cosma
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