Oct-Dec 2010 Screenings
2001 - Francis Veber - 84 mins - France
Fri 7 Feb 2003 at 8.30pm
Joyce's Lounge, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare
Midnight Court Rating: 3.0 (1 votes)
Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil
Storyline: Francois Pignon (Daniel Auteuil, The Widow of Saint-Pierre) leads an uncomplicated, complacent and quiet existence. Due to his severe case of 'boring,' his wife leaves him and his seventeen-year-old son abandons him. Pignon has little left to sustain himself except his accounting job at a condom factory. Until one day he accidentally discovers he is going to be fired, because his employers have grown tired of him as well.
Desperate for a solution, Pignon looks to his neighbor Belone (Michel Aumont), a retired corporate psychologist, for help. Together, they devise an outrageous scheme to solve his problem: Pignon will come out of a closet he never went into, and start a rumor that will have his entire corporation thinking he’s gay.
Due to this 'surprising revelation,' the new, mysterious Pignon suddenly intrigues his employer. Now he is a straight man pretending to live a gay life, entrenched in a comedy of errors, and finding his new persona is affecting everyone in his world. For the first time in his life, Francois Pignon is coming alive.
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