Inhuman Resources Episode 1 gets things off to a fine start, with cutthroat corporatism and Cantona jockeying for top position.
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Adapted from the novel Cadre noirs and based (albeit loosely) on a true story, the Eric Cantona-helmed Netflix Original series Inhuman Resources wastes no time combining a social realist drama with a corporate thriller in this opening episode.
Meet Alain: a former HR manager who has been unemployed for several years, which is placing the typical stresses on his self-esteem and home life. We see him cleaning the car park of struggling aeronautical manufacturing firm Exxya, struggling to make ends meet, and headbutting people who annoy him. Inhuman Resources Episode 1 is quick to point an accusatory finger at corporate culture, the general disposability of a low-paid workforce, and the eagerness – read: desperation – Alain has to provide for his family on reasonable terms. Cantona is surprisingly perfect here, not just in the headbutting, but in the argument he starts with his arrogant son-in-law Gregory, and reluctance he feels in applying for a HR recruitment job after being made redundant six years prior.
But things aren’t looking great for Alain. When he’s invited to take a knowledge test for the new role he botches it, and he’s being sued by his ex-boss for a hefty sum. He’s more surprised than anyone when his flunked test results in an interview, but the position isn’t exactly a glamorous one. He and four other candidates are interviewing for the chance to terrorize candidates during a feigned hostage situation in order to test their company loyalty.
The moral push and pull here is obvious. Alain needs a job, but perhaps not one quite so dirty. His friend Charles helps him dig up some background on the other potential recruiters, who he worries are more qualified, and plans to find out more about the candidates, too. Inhuman Resources Episode 1 handles all this with admirable economy, introducing us to Alain and his predicament while also laying out the particulars of a cutthroat corporate culture that we’re about to be immersed in. Fine stuff, and with a well-chosen, sympathetic lead. A low-key binge for the weekend makes its presence felt here.
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