In “Le Placard”, Daniel Auteuil plays an accountant who decides to pose as a homosexual in order to avoid dismissal, his employers fearing a discriminatory procedure. A comedy with which the director and author Francis Veber wanted to denounce the “political correctness” felt during a Hollywood experience.
Closet : the return of François Pignon
After The Troublemaker, Freinds, The fugitives and The dinner of foolsFrançois Pignon was entitled to a new cinematographic adventure in 2001 with Closet. Daniel Auteuil succeeds Jacques Brel, Pierre Richard and Jacques Villeret in the role of this sympathetic and discreet character, regularly despised and taken for a fool. François Pignon is here the accountant of a rubber factory specializing in the production of condoms.
When he learns of his dismissal, he decides to end his life by jumping from his balcony. However, he is stopped in extremis by his neighbor Jean-Pierre Belone (Michel Aumont), a retired corporate psychologist. This last advises Pignon to pretend that he is homosexual, for his employers to cancel his dismissal for fear of a discriminatory procedure. A strategy that works since the accountant retains his position.
This choice of management exasperates Félix Santini (Gérard Depardieu), head of homophobic and racist personnel, to the highest degree. Wanting to avoid scandal at all costs, Guillaume (Thierry Lhermitte), the CEO’s right-hand man, advises Santini to review his attitude and show benevolence towards Pignon, on pain of being fired.
Jean Rochefort, Michèle Laroque and Alexandra Vandernoot complete the cast of the feature film. At its output, the comedy brings together more than 5.1 million spectators in French cinemas.
A bad experience related to the remake of The goat
Francis Veber has the idea of Cupboard ten years earlier, in 1991, when he was working on a remake of The goat. Entitled Public danger, this feature film by Nadia Tass is worn by Danny Glover and Martin Short. Director serves as executive producer on this forgotten project.
Involved, Francis Veber offers to hire a Latin American actor he deems talented to lend his features to the villain. He then comes up against the refusal of Nadia Tass. She assures him that his choice could be badly taken by the Latino community and would give it a bad imageaccording to information fromAllocinated. Faced with pressure and threats of reprisals from the director, the Frenchman prefers to throw in the towel.
If he does not give up touring in the United States since he then signs comedy On the tightrope as well as the scenario My father, this hero, Francis Veber deplores the “politically correct” aspect of Hollywood. An experience which therefore serves as a basis for Cupboardwhere the filmmaker transposes the hypocrisy he felt across the Atlantic into the business world.