What Happened to Monday (known as Seven Sisters in Canada, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Japan) is a 2017 dystopian science fiction thriller film directed by Tommy Wirkola and starring Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close and Willem Dafoe. It was written by Max Botkin and Kerry Williamson.
“Part of it was a play on the days of the week, and part of it was a play on the hierarchy, and kind of sibling rivalry. Monday is the firstborn, and she’s the good girl, the golden child, the A-type personality — and she, of all the sisters, embraced the collective identity. Tuesday is the paranoid pothead — a little bit of a loose cannon.
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.
What Happened to Monday is really quite brilliant. It takes the serious real world issue of overpopulation and pits it against the intrinsic human imperative to protect its offspring. The inevitable collision that takes place when the need to see the species thrive at the expense of the individual, is the starting point of this film.
Some of What Happened to Monday’s early scenes are intriguing as the screenplay provides insight into the sometimes-strained relationship among the sisters. They are not unanimous in their belief that continuing their grandfather’s plan is the best way forward. Thursday, the most rebellious of the sisters, wants her freedom.
What Happened to Monday 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.