In Meera Menon’s Equity an investment banker, a broker, a hedge fund manager, and a government lawyer make a daisy chain. Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn from Breaking Bad) is the center of the movie. She plays an investment banker on the high-heels of a professional setback hoping to make a comeback and win a big promotion by taking a tech company public. Her broker beau (James Purefoy) is no help; he’s trying to scale their Chinese wall to steal tips for his hedge fund buddy (Craig Bierko from UnReal). Naomi’s married assistant (Sarah Megan Thomas) tries to juggle an undisclosed pregnancy, the sexual advances of a big fish client, and a career. Meanwhile an old friend (Alysia Reiner from Orange is the New Black), now a prosecutor, investigates insider trading at Naomi’s firm. Set in a sexist environment Equity is a movie about women, written by women, and directed by a woman, which makes it a fresh departure from testosterone-fueled films about finance. What Equity lacks in style it makes up for in complex characters and convincing performances. And if it lacks digressions and breathing room, it has plenty of subtlety and a plot more tightly woven than a pair of Wolford silk stockings.
By Alec Julian & Carrie White