“Seven Sisters” (2017 release from the UK and France; 123 min.; US title “What Happened to Monday”) opens with a clever montage as to the world’s population explosion, leading eventually to a “one child per family” policy. But that doesn’t stop Karen Settman, who bears 7 daughters (and dies in childbirth).
Karen’s dad Terrence is determined to raise his granddaughters “the right way”, naming them after the days of the week, and composing an overall “Karen Settman” composite, whereby each of them is allowed to leave the house on the day of the week they are named after.
Then one day Monday doesn’t return home… At this point we are 15 min. into the movie but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola, best known for “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” a few years ago. Here he goes into the sci-fi direction , playing out what happens in 2073 when society allows only one child per family and other siblings are put into a “cryosleep” until one day things hopefully get better.
The movie’s overall feel is quite original and imaginative, even if there are plot holes the size of Manhattan. But much of that is compensated by the dazzling performance of Noomi “Girl With Dragon Tattoo” Rapace, who plays all seven sisters, doing it with nuance and fervor.
The action scenes are at times way over the top, but always entertaining. Glenn Close has a small role as the “baddie”, while William Defoe has an even smaller role as Terrence Settman. But in the end, it’s all about Noomi Rapace and her amazing performance.
I caught “Seven Sisters” in the theater recently while on a family visit to Belgium. The matinée screening where I saw this at in Antwerp, Belgium was attended nicely.Upon my return to the US< I noticed the movie has been renamed “What Happened to Monday” for reasons I cannot phantom (“Seven Sisters” seems so much more appropriate).
THe movie has been streaming on VOD, and hence I don’t know that I will get a theatrical release in the US, which is a shame. Bottom line: if you are a fan of Noomi Rapace, you’ll want to check it out, be it on VOD or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray.
Source: Paul Allaer – imdb