The initial approach of ‘Inhuman Resources’, a six-episode miniseries released on Netflix , is shocking. Drinking from the most committed social cinema, it brings together denunciation, thriller and judicial drama in a heterodox narrative, but capable of gaining the attention of the viewer. It is directed by the Lebanese Ziad Doueiri, experienced in telling those kinds of stories that leave a mark, calling for reflection: ‘The insult‘ (2017), ‘The attack‘ (2012).
Introduces Alain Delambre (Eric Cantona), a long-term unemployed person who has been left out of the job market by age. He works in that kind of precariousness reserved for those in their fifties, with low self-esteem and a family relationship that resents a gloomy panorama, with nothing on the horizon. A job opportunity will awaken in this man the illusion, an incentive to feel alive, useful. The characterization reserved for the protagonist comes to Cantona as a ring to the finger. Volcanic, unpredictable, aggressive, aggressive, at times unbearable, it seems the translation to the screen of that footballer of the nineties of overwhelming and unclassifiable personality.
Remarkable work. Appeals to reflection
‘Inhuman resources‘ exploits and plays with a central idea: the weight of public opinion in today’s world. The management and control of it leads an unscrupulous executive to propose a radical method to check who of his employees is better prepared to fire thousands of people. The protagonist’s stay in prison and the subsequent media trial, serves Doueiri to expose how damage control is imposed as a lesser evil.
The series opens up channels for debate through an implacable rhythm, taking personal behaviors to the limit. An acid tirade towards the neoliberal system that we have had to live through. With a very pertinent touch of cynicism, it exposes a not at all complacent vision of the human being. Because at the moment of truth, that system always wins. The question is to get on the car, not to be left behind, to be part of it. We don’t even talk about fighting it.