The Closet

Synopsis: François Pignon, a very bland sort of man who works as an accountant in a rubber factory, is about to be fired. His new neighbour comes up with an idea to prevent such a thing to happen: he spreads the rumor that he's gay so that the factory management might be afraid they'll be sued for sexual discrimination. Of course, nothing happens as it should, but the changes in François Pignon's life -and other people's too- is drastic !
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Francis Veber
Production: Miramax
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84 min


Pignon's got a neat tie!

Specially for the photo?

Now, please.


Must I remind you:

this is a company photo!

So smile, look proud

to be part of this fine outfit!

The gentleman at bottom left.

With the red tie!

You're not in frame.

I only see your arm.

Move over!

That's fine.

Now I've lost

the guy on the right!

The zipper jacket's in now!

But I've lost the red tie!

Are we going to get this picture?

The red tie's still out!

We've wasted enough time!

Everyone look at me.

Were you drunk?

I've never had

a framing problem before!

I feel bad for the guy

in the red tie.

- Don't:
he's being fired.

- Really?

He doesn't know it yet,

but he's out.

Poor guy.

No, he's an idiot.

- Am I let go?

- Only him, in accounting.

- Does he know it?

- Not yet.

- Why's he being fired?

- Staff reduction.

That's lousy.

He's a good man,

I tried to keep him.

He's nice, but boring.

No, honest, dedicated.

Right, a real drag!

Morning Miss Bertrand,


Coffee, anyone?

No, thanks.

- Did you know?

- What?

That I've been fired.

Not really. I'd heard about

redundancy, nothing specific.

Poor guy.

Yes, it's no fun.

We're not in.

Leave us a message.

Christine, Frank?

Are you there?

- Pick it up!

- He wants you.

You're not in? Frank?

See, he wants you!

That's me?

You're out. I'II call Iater.

I can't now, I'm late.

I'm late, too.

No, call me at the office, Christine.

I've been fired. Next month, no job.

I found out

and wanted to talk to you.

But I'll find a job,

don't worry about your alimony.

See you later, big hug.

It's me, I got your message.

I'm not worried, you'II be OK.

Call tomorrow, I'm out tonight.

I'm not worried:

you'II bounce back.

What are you doing there?

Don't move.

Enjoy your meal.

I have go to jump out the window.

My wife said I'd bounce back.

We'll soon see.

Don't do it, you'll wreck my car.

I'm parked under your window.

You'll land on it.

It's an old, battered car.

But the roof's fine.

Don't be an idiot.

Give me back my cat!

Thanks... It's a silly animal.

Like my old car:
I'm fond of it.

I'm new, I moved in today.

Jean-Pierre Belone.

Let's toast it.

Come for a drink.

It isn't my car:

but how else could I stop you?

Nor my cat. But it made you

open your door. Want it?

Then I'll keep it.

Good night, take good care.

I won't leave

till I've heard your voice!

Silent people scare me.

Say one word and I'll leave.


Come have a drink. I'm lonely,

and no happier than you.

You wanted to die?

Dunno, I may not have the guts.

All because you got fired?

No, my whole life's a mess.

Tell me.

I won't bother you with it.

It's so dull.

Go on, there's nothing

on TV tonight.

My wife left me 2 years ago,

and I still love her.

My 17-year old son

has dropped me.

Now I've lost my job.

It was all I had. Fascinating, right?

Yes, it is dull.

At least you're frank.

I made you smile.

I found out from Santini,

in Personnel.

He's thrilled I got fired!


He never liked me. He's a jerk!

He broke my collarbone.

Made me try out for our rugby team.

You see me playing rugby?


He flattened me, I got 3 weeks

sick leave. Very funny!

I liked that company,

I was there 20 years.

I won't bore you longer.

Maybe we can save your job.

Let me think...

Save my job? You're dreaming!

I'll think it over. But don't jump.

That's no solution.

...Of the 123 passengers,

none survived.

Bad weather has hampered

the rescue operation.

In Denmark, the ferry

that sank off the coast

is the worst disaster of the decade.

There 's talk of 400 casualties.

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Francis Veber

Francis Paul Veber (born 28 July 1937) is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, and playwright. He has written and directed both French and American films. Eight French-language films with which he has been involved, as either writer or director or both, have been remade as English-language Hollywood films: Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire (as The Man with One Red Shoe), L'emmerdeur (as Buddy Buddy), La Cage aux Folles (as The Birdcage), Le Jouet (as The Toy), Les Compères (as Fathers' Day), La chèvre (as Pure Luck), Les Fugitifs (as Three Fugitives), and Le dîner de cons (as Dinner for Schmucks). He also wrote the screenplay for My Father the Hero, the 1994 American remake of the French-language film Mon père, ce héros. Some of his screenplays started as theater plays (for instance, Le dîner de cons). This theatrical experience contributes to his films' tight structure, resulting in what has been called "marvels of economy".Many of his French comedies feature recurring types of characters, named François Pignon (a bungler) and François Perrin (a bully). more…

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