What happened to Monday? Or Seven Sisters as it was titled in Europe, is one of the additions of August in the online content platform Netflix and since its premiere it has received kind of positive reviews, considering that, well, it is a Netflix movie.
On the big pluses of this movie, according to the movie critics, is the excellent mix of a suspenseful thriller and a terrifying dystopian film. But this mix, and also the high count of characters and high paced plot might have confused some viewers creating several questions, specially about the final scenes. If you are one of those viewers, you’re in the right place.
With no more delays, let’s explain the ending of What Happened to Monday? and so much more.
Oh, by the way, SPOILERS ALERT.
1 ^ When does the story take place?
The story takes place in 2073 as we could see near the end when Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close) announced she was running for Parliament. Considering that the seven sisters are +30 years old, their birth is assumed in the year 2043, the same year in which the law of only child is imposed.
2 ^ Where does the story take place?
What happened to Monday? takes place in a futuristic European Federation, which unlike today’s European Union, functions more as a country than as a voluntary union of nations as nowadays. Remember Brexit.
3 ^ Why does the sisters’ grandfather decide to keep them hidden?
To summarize, because the European Federation enact a Child Allocation Act that allows any woman to have only ONE child, making any additional childbirth illegal. Terrence Settman (William Dafoe) decides to cover the multiple pregnancy of his daughter, and raise their granddaughters sharing a single identity, Karen Settman. Terrence himself does not know who the father of the sisters is.
Terrence organizes a plan for the girls to live their lives, sharing one identity. In this way he assigns each of his granddaughters the name of a day of the week, and in the future each of them can only leave their apartment the day of the week that corresponds to their name.
4 ^ How can we tell the sisters apart? Who is who?
Monday: She is little Miss Perfect. She fulfills its functions and commitments in a perfect way, even at the cost of her own desires. Because of such self-restraint, she tends to have unbridled sexual desires, as his lover Adrian well acknowledges, and with whom she fulfills all her fantasies.
Tuesday: She is kind of a hipster girl. Disappearing early in the movie, we barely know anything about her. What we can tell is she is is by far the most relaxed and optimistic of all the sisters.
Wednesday: She is dedicated to physical training. She is strong and tough. She works hard everyday to be in shape.
Thursday: She is the rebel girl of the group, with a marked disdain for the rules and at the beginning she seems to be the most likely to abandon the scheme organized by her grandfather. Thursday seems to enjoy dressing in a masculine way, so it is very likely that she does not like men, but women. I’m guessing here, do not kill me.
Friday: She is the most capable in networks, software, codes and technology, she is very careless with her looks and she is the one who feels more like a part of a group than as an individual. For Friday the team is first.
Saturday: She is the flirtatious sister who likes to dress in a suggestive way, to be as attractive as possible, it is easy to tell her apart because of her blonde hair. However, despite its appeal, Saturday has never had sex.
Sunday: She is the most spiritual of all the sisters. She has an emotional intelligence that allows her to read her sisters very. She works as a leader for the team.
5 ^ Why did Monday betray his sisters and what was her plan?
Things for Monday began to change the moment she fell in love with Adrian, and as a consequence of their sexual encounters, her pregnancy. It is then that Monday makes a deal with Nicolette Cayman: Monday will deliver not only a large sum of money for Cayman’s campaign, but also she will surrender her sisters in exchange for a license to live their life to the full with Adrian and their children. She was expecting twins.
6 ^ Why did Cayman keep alive Tuesday?
Cayman’s plan was to conceal at all cost the fact that seven sisters remained under a single identity for thirty years, which would irreparably damage her reputation as the head of childbirth control. However, she kept Tuesday alive as an insurance against Monday. In case Monday wanted to betray Cayman, she would expose Tuesday to the public and declare Monday as an illegal sister, condemning her to the Cryobank.
7 ^ What is the Cryobank?
In theory, the cryobank is a kind of warehouse where the illegal siblings are frozen, waiting for the population to descend, a fact that would mark their return to the world of the living. However, as we see at the end of the film, the cryobank is only a massive extermination machine that kills all the illegal siblings the agents send.
8 ^ In what order did the sisters die?
Although it seemed that Monday and Tuesday died first, the true order is as it follows:
1 ^ Sunday: Murdered in the apartment of Alexander Plaza, after an incursion of a team sent by Cayman. She died of a wound in her abdomen.
2 ^ Wednesday: Killed by Joe, the trusty bodyguard of Cayman (Christian Rubeck), after a persecution in the middle of the slums.
3 ^ Saturday: Killed in Adrian’s apartment by Joe’s men, after she had sex with him.
4 ^ Friday: She committed suicide, after preparing a homemade bomb, eliminating some of Joe’s men, but not him, inexplicably.
5 ^ Monday: Murdered by Joe, confusing her with Thursday, after exposing the massive murder committed by Cayman.
9 ^ What happens at the end of the movie?
After Thursday and Tuesday exposes Cayman with Adrian’s help, the woman is captured and faces a death penalty trial. The Act of Child Allocation is discarded and therefore now any birth is lawful.
10 ^ What does the final scene of What happened to Monday mean?
In the final scene of the film we see Tuesday and Thursday, in Adrian’s company watching a cylinder with two growing fetuses inside. Tuesday says her new name is Terry and Thursday says her new name is Karen.
It is interesting that Terry opted for a name similar to that of his grandfather, while Thursday chose the name of the personality she shared with her sisters, although it is also possible that she has chosen that name as a tribute to her mother.
The two fetuses in the cylinder are the unborn children of Adrian and Monday. The friendly relationship between Adrian and his sisters-in-law indicates that he is now part of their new family.
About Cayman, the final seconds of the film indicate a new demographic explosion, which implies that ultimately planet Earth is doomed to destruction because of overpopulation. I mean, maybe the good guys did not do something so good, and the bad one maybe was not doing something so bad. Maybe.
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