7 Women and a Murder Review: A Murder Mystery that Lacks Creativity!

7 Women and a Murder Review: Italian filmmaker Alessandro Genovesi‘s Whodunit-style comedy flick 7 Women and a Murder is now available on Netflix. The film is an Italian adaptation of 8 Women, a cult hit in France in 2002 that was adapted from a play by Robert Thomas.

The film features an all-star cast of well-known Italian actresses, such as Margherita Buy, Diana Del Bufalo, Sabrina Impacciatore & Luisa Ranieri, and is a murder mystery set in a mansion after the residents find the body of their beloved patriarch, Marcello. In this article, we will discuss 7 Women and a Murder review in detail.

7 Women and a Murder Plot Synopsis

Susanna (Diana Del Bufalo), her mother Margherita (Margherita Buy), their grandmother Rachele (Ornella Vanoni), their sister Caterina (Benedetta Porcarolli), and Margherita's sister Agostina (Sabrina Impactiatore) all get together at their house for a family dinner.

Maria, their maid, has come to join them (Luisa Ranieri). When Margherita's husband Marcello is found stabbed in the back, the six of them find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation.

7 Women and a Murder Review

A seventh suspect is revealed when Marcello's ex-lover and current lover Veronica (Micaela Ramazzotti) shows up after getting a phone call. Motives for each woman's possible involvement in the murder are gradually revealed as the story deepens. Who is responsible?

7 Women and a Murder Review

Susanna enters the stately estate of her father as part of her meet & greets with an aloof family to kick off this traditional whodunit murder mystery. Susanna's mother, Margherita, is self-centered and has a weak heart, while Susanna's aunt, Agostina, is timid, and Susanna's grandmother and sister are both sly.

The unexpected death of Marcello, the old guy with the casanova attitude & Susanna's father, turns the visit into an instant nightmare for everyone involved. As a result, they begin to suspect one another of the murder. In addition, chaos ensues as everyone reveals their deepest, darkest secret in an effort to disprove the killer's presence and prove their own innocence.

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Nearly everything about the film is a tired trope from the genre, and it offers nothing new. Despite the fact that the script's formulaic elements could have led to interesting developments, the overeager attempts to inject humor into the proceedings undermine the entire enterprise.

7 Women and a Murder Review

If the film's over-the-top components are well-executed, the audience may be able to separate their feelings about the protagonist's death from the rest of the plot. Without any background on the characters, situations like a group of ladies having a celebratory supper following the murder of the family head come out as incomprehensible and forced.

Overall, the employment of persistent and strong aspects to deflect attention away from the investigation comes out as hasty and poorly handled. Something that should have been avoided for a better, sharper setting.

However, towards the movie's halfway point, things get seriously intriguing. When the ladies finally share their secrets with one another and have a moment to reflect. Unfortunately, the whole affair only lasts for a few minutes before returning to its boring ways.

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Finally, the plot is free of any ties. And I can't think of much from the film that will stick with you. The actors try to steal the show from the script but fail, once again, spectacularly.

Final Thoughts

At first, the satire is funny & engaging. It's immediately clear that this isn't your typical murder mystery; it's got a strange twist to it. It's admirable that you're making an effort to tell a story like this. This is kept enjoyable by the fact that some of the humor actually works.

The idea of 7 women having their lives profoundly altered as a result of one man's choices is intriguing and could have been explored further. Instead, the commentary on the patriarchal nature of society is superficial.

However, even when this occurs, it is often treated as little more than a formality. Without providing any real growth or depth to the characters, the film keeps poking fun at them, notably Agostina. It's just another comedy that doesn't stand out.