In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic “One Child Policy,” seven identical sisters 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 (Noomi Rapace). 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 … (synopsis via Coming Soon)
It’s no secret – we live in a world which is under a great deal of stress.
Climate change, war, famine, refugees, resource shortages, economic in equality, terrorism – and of course, overpopulation.
Addressing the latter pressing issue is the preserve of a new film premiering on Netflix which looks at what happens when the need to preserve life and uphold family comes dramatically head-to-head with strict government policies enforced with draconian vigour.
As Slashfilm points there is a lot to love in this dystopian sci-fi thriller:
“Glenn Close and Willem Dafoe chewing scenery in a dystopian future? Noomi Rapace pulling an Orphan Black and interacting with other versions of herself in a single frame? The “guy in the van” trope recently seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but with six remaining versions of Noomi Rapace (Rapaces? Rapaci?) guiding their on-the-run sister from their apartment? Rapace throwing her head back and screaming as she blasts an automatic weapon? Oh yeah, I’m totally in for this.”
Serious issue with a larger-than-life approach? Count me in too!
What Happened to Monday? aka Seven Sisters premieres on Netflix on 18 August.