The Closet (2001)

FRANCIS VEBER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Le Placard

France, 2001, EFVE, TF1 Films Production.  Screenplay and dialogue by Francis Veber.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Francis Veber has the ability to make comedies whose feeling is light but whose after-effect runs much deeper, a skillful combination of essential social commentary and entertaining physical panache. In this winner,  plays a dull accountant who works for a rubber company and nurses a continuing heartache for his long-gone ex-wife and estranged son. When he is fired from his job for being a boring loser, his neighbour gives him the bright idea of letting his employers know that he’s gay (even though he’s not) so that they’ll keep him on to avoid a discrimination lawsuit. Not only does it regain him his job, he also makes a new friendship with the homophobic jock at the office (Gerard Depardieu) who is desperate not to piss the boss off, plus gains him a clearer view of his own life that helps him turn his entire personal situation around. This non-stop laugh fest features witty observations of the corporate rat race as well as the flimsy nature of personal prejudices, and builds to a marvelously satisfying conclusion.

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