After the success of “Girls”, the American designer Lena Dunham explores, with “Industry”, the world of finance, where young people in search of identity are plunged, an explosive mixture.
Harper, Yasmin, Gus and the others have a few months to prove themselves at Pierpoint & Co, one of the world’s most prestigious financial institutions, headquartered in London.
The preamble of the series, broadcast from Monday in the United States on HBO and Tuesday in France on OCS, has airs of déjà vu.
The two parts of the film “Wall Street” or “The Wolf of Wall Street”, even the series “Billions” or “Black Monday”, have already approached, from several angles, this theme.
But the writing of Mickey Down and Konrad Kay, the main screenwriters of the series, who have each worked in finance, brings a deep human dimension to it, which gives it its tone.
The creator of the HBO series “Girls” (2012-2017), which has given voice to an entire generation, “has been a huge influence in our writing,” Mickey Down explained in an interview with Knockturnal.
It is not doing justice to “Industry”, a series of eight episodes, to define it, as Lena Dunham herself, co-producer and director of the first episode, did as a cross between “The Wolf of Wall Street “and” Melrose Place “.
Because on the “Wall Street” side, if the situations are a little exaggerated compared to what is seen in real trading rooms today, the jargon and the plot are quite credible on the financial level.
As for the melodramatic “Melrose Place” aspect, the characters are constructed with enough roughness to be much closer to “Girls” than “Beverly Hills”.
The two screenwriters have in common with Lena Dunham an ability to reproduce with sensitivity the features of “Gen Z”, the generation which is now reaching adulthood, its codes and its uses.
No half-measures in excess, from drugs to sex through alcohol, but the series does better than take old clichés of the cinema on the debauchery of the world of finance.
If finance is a world apart, “Industry” aspires, like its title, to a “universal” dimension, according to Mickey Down, by bringing to life the unique moments of the first months in the world of work, and by putting a lot of emphasis on it. diversity.
“People will surely call this a finance series,” Konrad Kay admitted at a panel discussion hosted by the American Film Institute, “but we’ve always based our work on the characters and the narrative.”