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What Happened to Monday (2017)

Seven Sisters (original title)
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In a world where families are limited to one child due to overpopulation, a set of identical septuplets must avoid being put to a long sleep by the government and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.

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The Settman Siblings
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Terrence Settman
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Adrian Knowles
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Joe
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Erickson (as Elijah Ungvery)
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In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic One-Child Policy, seven identical sisters (all of them portrayed by Noomi Rapace) live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman. Taught by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe) who raised and named them - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home. Written by https://teaser-trailer.com

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In 2011, Morten Tyldum was attached as the director, but he finally chose The Imitation Game (2014) as his next project. See more »

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When the clock hits midnight, and the sisters are at the table wondering where Monday is, the sister leaning against the chair has all ten fingers. When the camera zooms slowly out, you can clearly see the left pointer finger disappear mid-shot. See more »

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Terrence Settman: What happens to one of you, happens to all of you.
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Noomi Rapace shines in this surprisingly good Netflix movie
10 September 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Once you get past the unappealingly dreadful title and convoluted set-up, this sci-fi thriller is a surprisingly absorbing watch, anchored by the undeniable talents of Noomi Rapace, who plays seven identical sisters sharing one identity.

We are reaching a point in the sci-fi genre where dystopian futures are all starting to look alike and the tropes are becoming rather tiresome. Overpopulated and overbuilt cityscapes? Check. Oppressive totalitarian government? Check. Police state armies indiscriminately murdering the underclasses? Check. It's all become par for the course and 'What Happened to Monday?' goes through the motions of establishing the same old world we've seen explored dozens of times before. What gives this film the edge is its concept of having seven identical sisters holed up in an apartment trying to maintain the illusion to the outside world that they are one person, with only one of them able to go out at any one time. This brings an interesting set of new ideas to the table, allowing room for some creative scenarios involving the sisters alternating in both their collective and individual (mis)adventures.

The reason this film works at all has everything to do with Rapace. She manages to take seven roles and make each one distinct from the other and, while she is assisted by hairstyle and costume, it's an impressive acting feat. The best scenes are watching her play the varying assortment of characters in one room in seamlessly blended group conversations (kudos to the VFX team too). She is truly excellent here and deserves recognition for her multi-faceted accomplishment. Rapace also knows how to get down and dirty with the physical action sequences (which are well choreographed and staged), feeding her intensity into the overall thrust of the narrative. You also have seasoned stars such as Willem Dafoe and Glenn Close for support, both bringing some weight and shade to their generic roles of the mentor and the megalomaniac, respectively.

The film raises some interesting questions about overpopulation and the idea of a 'one child per family' system, and manages to scratch the surface of its themes on identity and assimilation, but the script isn't really interested in getting too cerebral or provocative with its subject matter. It simply wants to tell an exciting story about seven sisters trying to survive in a 'no sibling' state. And director Tommy Wirkola delivers on that simple ambition with some inventive high energy set-pieces and surprisingly brutal violence, never shying away from the grisly details, even if he can't quite make the film look as big or as epic as its more expensive dystopian blockbuster kin.

'What Happened to Monday?' is a nice surprise and you should see it for Rapace if nothing else. That lady deserves to get more high profile work.


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