What Happened to Monday, an independent film that Netflix picked up at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, lands on the platform on August 18th.
The official trailer was released today. It outlines the story of seven sisters (named for the days of the week) who — in a near-future dystopian society with a strict one-child policy — are forced to share one identity. The sisters are played by Noomi Rapace, best known for starring in the original Swedish adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. (Only The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo received an English-language remake.) More recently, she played Dr. Elizabeth Shaw in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Alien: Covenant.
Willem Defoe co-stars as the sisters’ grandfather, who raises them and teaches them how to hide from the government, and Glenn Close plays the authoritarian responsible for the population control policy.
The film was directed by Tommy Wirkola, best known for 2013’s unwatchable Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and a 2009 Norwegian film about Nazi zombies. He worked from a script written by Alex Cross screenwriter Kerry Williamson and Opposite Day screenwriter Max Botkin.
This isn’t exactly fresh material for dystopian fiction. What Happened to Monday seems to borrow from Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game and Margaret Patterson’s Shadow Children series to name just a couple. But it looks fine, as a late-summer, late-afternoon thing to watch on Netflix.