Violet & Daisy

Violet & Daisy

Director: Geoffrey Fletcher

Cast: Geoffrey Fletcher, Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, James Gandolfini


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Two young women have a very unusual after-school job in this dark-hued comedy-drama. Teenagers Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) are best friends and share a passion for dresses from Barbie Sunday (Cody Horn), a well-known designer with a youthful style. Paying forSee more details below


Two young women have a very unusual after-school job in this dark-hued comedy-drama. Teenagers Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) are best friends and share a passion for dresses from Barbie Sunday (Cody Horn), a well-known designer with a youthful style. Paying for those dresses can be expensive, so Violet and Daisy work to make some pocket money -- they're hired killers for Russ (Danny Trejo), who doles out assignments requiring their impressive skills with firearms and the "internal-bleeding dance" (which involves jumping up and down on their victims). Russ has instructed Violet and Daisy to knock off Michael (James Gandolfini), and gives them the location of his apartment and the time he should be home. However, though the gals arrive at the expected time, Michael does not, and while waiting for him to show up, they fall asleep. When they awake, they discover Michael is a seemingly nice guy who treats his unexpected guests with courtesy and kindness, and they're soon caught up in divided loyalties between their boss and their target. Violet & Daisy is the first directorial effort from Geoffrey Fletcher, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for the film Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire.

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Violet & Daisy is a cool movie. It's strange and ambitious and affecting and extremely well-acted throughout a thoroughly esoteric script. Part coming-of-age drama, part grind-house thriller, part ridiculous postmodern fantasy, it can be easy to miss the subtle aspects of the film, given that the more obvious ones are so intentionally garish and absurd. For this reason, the movie is definitely what you would call "not for everyone," but who would expect anything different from the screenwriter of Precious? The story concerns two teenage assassins, the titular Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan), who divide their time between ruthlessly smoking whomever they've been assigned to take out, and giggling over new dresses and talking about boys. Of course, in order for this to make sense, you have to keep in mind that the tale takes place in a brutal, violent, modern-fairy-tale world that's both heartbreakingly earnest and cleverly self-aware. This isn't reality -- it's magical realism, if anything. The dialogue is stylized to make the girls sound like characters from an old-fashioned comic book or pulp novel, and they're only able to be so exactingly hardened because they're too young and innocent to truly understand what they're doing. They're street tough in the style of Huck Finn. One day, when they're supposed to be starting their vacation, they discover that their favorite pop star is releasing a new fashion line. Unable to afford the clothes on the meager wages that presumably explain why their boss employs kids, the girls agree to take on a last-minute job to earn the money. But when they show up at the home of their target -- a surprisingly genial man named Michael (James Gandolfini) -- he perplexes them by seeming quite unlike the usual thugs they're sent to slaughter. And even more shocking, he's not opposed to letting them complete their mission. Of course, killing Michael is easier said than done, due to run-ins with competing gangs of hitmen, a few unplanned bloodbaths, and a lot more time than you might anticipate spent in the quiet confines of Michael's apartment as the three leads talk about the expected topics: truth and obfuscation, time and experience, fathers and daughters. It can seem a little trite on the surface, but keep in mind the soundtrack, the expertly exaggerated dialogue, and the intimate nature of the whole narrative, and it just might occur to you that some of what you're seeing is meant to be presented through the grandiose, unself-aware, hyper-urgent lens of teenage life. Again, all of that artful layering might not be for everybody, but for those whom it is, it's definitely worth seeing.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Saoirse Ronan Daisy
Alexis Bledel Violet
James Gandolfini Michael
Danny Trejo Russ
Marianne Jean-Baptiste Iris
Tatiana Maslany April

Technical Credits
Geoffrey Fletcher Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Paul Cantelon Score Composer
Vanja Cernjul Cinematographer
Jenny Gering Costumes/Costume Designer
Rachel Israel Associate Producer
Susan Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Kempf Co-producer
Joe Klotz Editor
John Penotti Executive Producer
I-Fan Quirk Associate Producer
Sarah Connors Co-producer
James W. Skotchdopole Executive Producer
Bonnie Timmermann Producer

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