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The Closet

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The Closet (Movie - 2001)

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
86 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/29/01
Wide Release Date:
07/13/01
performer:
Daniel Auteuil, Gerard Depardieu, Michel Aumont, Thierry Lhermitte, Jean Rochefort
director:
Francis Veber
Producers:
Gaumont, Le Studio Canal, TF1 Films Productions
distributor:
Miramax
author:
Francis Veber
genre:
Comedy, Foreign Language

We gave it an A-

Those sublime, precision-timed episodes involving mistaken sexual identity at which Frasier writers excel are based on the centuries-old principles of French farce. Now foxy old French writer-director Francis Veber (The Dinner Game) shows how it’s done back home. In the cagey, high-gloss comedy The Closet, Daniel Auteuil plays Francois Pignon, a mouse-dull man with a puny life: His wife has left him, his son ignores him, and his job as an accountant in a condom factory is about to be eliminated. When he leaks a rumor that he’s gay, however, his job is saved, his personal stock rises, and in time he raises the consciousness of everyone around him.

Those around him include his crass, macho coworker (Gérard Depardieu), a gay-baiter in need of reform, who reluctantly befriends Pignon out of fear of losing his own job. The pleasing sight of two reigning French stars flirting in a lunch scene, supported by a cast of equally lustrous comedians (among them Thierry Lhermitte, Michel Aumont, and Jean Rochefort) adds to the pleasures of this perfectly built French tickler.

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