- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 13, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Miramax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 07/19/2001
"...Auteuil and Depardieu spar hilariously....[A] delicious treat..."
USA Today - 06/29/2001
"...Delightful....This is economy of style that Americans get only in Woody Allen movies..."
New York Times - 06/29/2001
"...What's so liberating about THE CLOSET is its refusal to walk on politically correct eggshells..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 08/01/2001
"...A healthy share of uproarious moments and a few poignant ones as well....Depardieu is hilarious..."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2002
"...[Depardieu acts] with enormous gusto; reminding French audiences of his great comic talent..."
Total Film - 06/01/2002
"...A bubbly confection with a sustained rumble of belly laughs....THE CLOSET is farce with genuine heat..."
In this witty commentary on political correctness in the work place, Francois Veber directs the excellent Daniel Auteuil as Francois Pignon, better known around the office as "Pignon le Mignon" (Pignon the Cutey). Poor Pignon is helplessly misunderstood and pathetically down on his luck. A senior executive at a small corporation, Pignon overhears rumors that he is going to be fired. On top of a difficult relationship with his ex-wife and a failing relationship with his sullen teenage son, the idea of losing his job and becoming incapable of making alimony payments is unfathomable. Pignon feels totally defeated--like a real loser. That's why, when Pignon's next door neighbor (Michel Aumont) offers a solution to his problems, Pignon is quick to accept: He comes out of the closet, convincing his coworkers that he is gay, and making it improbable that the company would fire him at risk of legal action. But before he knows it, Pignon's plan has backfired and metamorphosed in hilarious ways, causing a string of bizarre office-related situations and family dilemmas that are both complex and comic.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
The always popular Gerard Depardieu (102 DALMATIANS, VATEL) stars in a warmly engaging comedy that shows how one little white lie can change everything! A dull and lonely accountant working at a condom factory, Francois (Daneil Auteuil) meekly endures office jokes and backroom whispers that he's about to be fired ... usually instigated by his loutish coworker Felix (Depardieu). But that all changes when a rumor about him spreads around the office! Much to his surprise, this funny falsehood becomes the catalyst that sends Francois' life on an unexpected and hilarious turn for the better! As this outrageous, critically acclaimed story unfolds, you'll laugh along with Francois as he keeps this improbable charade going in an inspired bid to save his job and transform his life!
- Theatrical release: June 29, 2001 (NY/SF)