7 Women and a Murder (7 donne e un mistero) was billed by Netflix as a cross between Agatha Christie and Knives Out. It wasn’t quite as good as either of those, but it was a fun film with twists, surprises, and 7 women. It’s set in the 1950s with clothes and hairstyles from that period.
When 7 Women and a Murder (7 donne e un mistero) begins, it’s Christmas time, it’s snowing, and Susanna (Diana Del Bufalo) arrives at the family manor earlier than expected. She’s greeted at the door by the new maid, Maria (Luisa Ranieri). Maria is quite attractive and self-confident. She’s even a bit intimidating.
Inside the big house is the matriarch Rachele (Ornella Vanoni) in a wheelchair. Her daughter is Margherita (Margherita Buy.) Margherita is Susanna’s mother. Margherita’s other daughters are Agostina (Sabrina Impacciatore) and Caterina (Benedetta Porcaroli). Also in the house is Susanna’s husband, Marcello.
If you’ve been counting, that is only 6 women. The 7th woman is Veronica (Micaela Ramazzotti). She shows up a little later wanting something from Marcello.
Very quickly the women discover the husband face down in bed with a knife in his back. The phone lines are cut, the gate is chained shut. The ladies are stuck in there together. One of them must be the killer.
They all suspect each other of the murder as different stories and clues are revealed by the women. There’s plenty of talk about Marcello’s will and plenty of secrets to go around.
Of course, by the end they figure it out. There are a couple of nice surprises at the end that will make you smile. I personally loved the ending.
The film is a remake of the 2002 French film 8 Women. It’s enjoyable and funny. The characters are delightful.