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The Movie “What Happened to Monday” Has Deep Messages

No, Monday does not literally refer to a day of the week in this movie.

I’ve always enjoyed futuristic films about how the powers-that-be seek to control how others live and think.  In What Happened to Monday, there are shades of The Matrix, In Time, and as it concerns the dishonesty of the powers-that- be, Soylent Green.

There are some movies, such as The Matrix and In Time where we are not told how mankind came to the futuristic conditions.  What Happened to Monday does tells us.  There are some spoilers because I’m not a movie reviewer but simply like the symbolism and messages contained in movies and like discussing them.

What Happened To Monday is a Netflix film, titled Seven Sisters in Canada, France, Italy and Slovakia.  It was released in 2017.

Around the year 2043, overpopulation has caused a worldwide crisis in food and water shortages.  Man developed super genetic food to feed the world and as a result, humans started giving birth to litters of children.  I say litters because the movie is about septuplets – 7 identical sisters.  Their mom died during childbirth and Terrence Settman, played by actor Willem Dafoe, keeps the multiple births secretive and raises his granddaughters.  He names each one after a day of the week.

In their apartment, each sister can be herself.  Outside however, each one has to be Karen Settman, and they are only allowed outside on the day that they are named after.  This also means that they have to decide what career they will all share because Monday goes to work on that day; Tuesday goes to the same job on that day, etc. Noomi Rapace plays all seven of the sisters, and she does a great acting job. Read the rest of this entry

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