The Closet

The French add a little satire to our holiday

Okay, so it’s Christmas and a) you don’t celebrate Christmas, b) your family’s far, far away, or c) they’re in the next room and you’ll do anything to get away from them. Never fear, the French are here to save you with The Closet. The 2001 comedy about an accountant who discovers he’s about to be fired is “a bonbon spiked with mirth and malice,” according to Rolling Stone. And it might be the perfect anti-Christmas movie. An accountant (Daniel Auteuil) who works at a contraceptive manufacturer figures out that the boss can’t fire anyone who’s gay without being called a homophobe and inviting a lawsuit. So the lonely, dull accountant sends his boss a photograph that insinuates that his life might be more “interesting” than the world had thought. What follows is a comedic ride through the farcical land of misunderstandings — the kind the French do so well. And as is fitting for the holiday season, the accountant’s life actually does get much more exciting before all is said and done. Gérard Depardieu fans will love seeing the French actor as an icky bigot. And Auteuil wears a giant condom tip on his head with the grace only he can muster. Who needs Christmas when you’ve got the French? 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit www.domystore.com. Free.
Wed., Dec. 24, 8:30 p.m., 2008

 
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