Credits: Directed by Francis Veber and starring Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Jean Rochefort, Michel Aumont, Thierry Lhermitte, Michele Laroque, Alexandra Vandernoot, Stanislas Crevillen, Edgar Givry, Thierry Rene, Armelle Deutsch, Michele Garcia, Laurent Gamelon, Vincent Moscato and Irina Ninova.
Details: (M), 84 mins, France,
Synopsis: A dour accountant (Daniel Auteil) pretends to be gay so as to avoid his impending retrenchment on the basis of political correctness. The plan succeeds, delivering with it a host of unexpected consequences.
A broad comedy with something to say about political correctness.
Francois Pignon, Daniel Auteuil, is a slightly nerdy accountant who works in a condom manufacturing company. His fellow workers reckon he`s dull and boring, and so did his wife, who left him, and his teenage son, who doesn`t have any time for him. When Pignon overhears that he`s to be retrenched, he gets suicidal; but his neighbour, Belone, Michel Aumont, comes up with a great idea: if word gets out that Pignon is gay, he won`t be fired - political correctness will see to that, just as many years ago the reverse was true - Belone had lost his job because he was gay. The plan works: soon everyone at work wants Pignon to know he`s acceptable to them - the boss, Jean Rochefort, the PR director, Thierry Lhermitte and the company`s personnel director, Felix Santini, a notorious homophobe, played by Gerard Depardieu...Francis Veber`s comedies have invariably featured a character called Pignon who is the butt of most of the jokes, but in The Closet, the worm turns. The incredibly versatile Daniel Auteuil plays the mild-mannered hero who bores everyone rigid - until they discover he`s gay. The comedy here is pretty broad - Veber, whose last film was the hit, The Dinner Game, isn`t known for his subtleties, but much of it`s pretty funny, and I just hope that misplaced political correctness won`t be invoked to spoil the fun. The Closet is also graced with some excellent performances; apart from Auteuil, the most notable is Gerard Depardieu, who`s worked many times with Veber in the past, and who`s in absolutely top form as the redneck who has an unusual change of heart.
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