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Kildare > Arts > The Closet (Le Placard) 85 mins A Film Directed by Francis Veber France, 2002

The Closet (Le Placard) 85 mins
A Film Directed by Francis Veber France, 2002
(In French with English subtitles)

Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge
Wednesday 19th March 2003
8.00pm (Tickets €4 plus Film Club Membership of €20 annually or €2 monthly)
Booking 045 448333

The Riverbank Arts Centre presents The Closet as part of the Riverbank’s Film Club. The Closet is set in a French condom factory and revolves around François Pignon (Daniel Auteuil), a humble accountant whose only crime is to be boring. Deserted by his wife and ignored by his peers, it’s hardly surprising when his boss (Jean Rochefort) decides to sack him. But things change radically when his neighbour (Daniel Aumont) suggests he come out of the closet.

The fact François isn’t gay doesn’t enter into it; just circulating the rumour makes people sit up and take notice of this unassuming nonentity. Soon François is participating in Gay Pride parades, rebuffing advances from a homophobic workmate (Gérard Depardieu), and attracting the attentions of a pretty female colleague (Michèle Laroque). He may be the same man, but his life has never been more interesting…..

Witness Depardieu, who drives himself mad – literally – trying to mask his true feelings. The actor, who had a heart attack just before shooting started, has seldom been better. But then everyone is on top form in a comedy of manners, which proves, yet again, that France has the finest comic actors in the world.

The next Film Club events will be Lord of the Rings on Thu 24th April, Gosford Park on Wed 7th May and No Man’s Land on Wed 11th June

For further information please contact Catríona, Antoinette, Gráinne or Lisa on
(045) 448314/5 or by email at


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