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3.0 out of 5 stars Watch for James Gandolfini's Superb Acting Skills, November 27, 2013
This review is from: Violet & Daisy (DVD)
Geoffrey Fletcher, Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Precious,” writes and directs “Violet & Daisy,” a drama about two teenage girls Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan). They are also contract killers for a living, taking orders (unless they are on vacation) from an unknown boss through a middleman (Danny Trejo in a cameo role).

To gets some extra money quickly, Violet and Daisy accepts a job to kill a guy named Michael (James Gandolfini), but their quick and easy plan goes awry when Michael, sitting quietly in the chair, says he will accept his fate. In fact, he is more than ready to be killed by the girls.

“Violet & Daisy” is not an action film. The film is certainly about killers, but except in the opening it doesn’t have “shoot-outs.” Mostly set in an apartment, “Violet & Daisy” unfolds like a stage play, with characters interacting with each other through dialogue. The film is talky, but the camera is stylish, providing some nice visual touch.

No one will take the film’s premise of two teenage girls as contract killers too seriously, especially when they dress themselves as nuns, but the tone of “Violet & Daisy” (whose names might be reference to real-life conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton) often moves from surreal to real (and to surreal back again). The film goes back and forth between absurd (“Internal bleeding dance”!) and serious, but to what purpose I don't know exactly.

Obviously “Violet & Daisy” attempts to do something new and different, but I don’t know what it really is. But I do know that the film belongs to James Gandolfini, whose subtle performance makes his sad-eyed character credible. We miss him.
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