The Closet

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Released 2000

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Director:
Francis Veber
Released:
2000
Rating:
R
The Closet is a 2001 French comedy film directed by Francois Veber. In the film, Francois Pignon (Daniel Auteuil) is a divorced accountant who works at a local rubber factory, which primarily makes condoms, and is the father of a teenage son that he cannot relate too. Francois' life is boring and dependable, but all that changes when he hears a rumor that he may be fired from his job. His probable unemployment pushes him to become suicidal, and he contemplates jumping off his balcony. His neighbor, Jean-Pierre Belone (Michel Aumont), a former psychologist, interrupts Francois' suicide attempt and is able to talk him off the balcony. When Francois confides in Jean-Pierre, the neighbor comes up with a plan that could save the accountant's job. He encourages Francois to start a rumor about himself that would make his employers afraid to fire him. When Francois follows through with the advice his life begins to change in ways he did not quite expect.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Veber's giddy social comedy The Closet finds more delicious, chortling fun in the spectacle of obsequious hypocrisy than any movie I've seen in ages.

  • 80

    Variety

    A clever premise that's good for many laughs.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times John Anderson

    Veber, also responsible for "The Dinner Game," apparently has a finger on the pulse of French audiences and Gallic-minded Americans, but there's just not a lot of freshness in this...

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