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Violet and Daisy [Blu-ray]
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Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) are a pair of gum-cracking teenage assassins who casually snuff out crime figures in New York City, distracted only by the fact that a concert by their favorite pop idol Barbie Sunday has suddenly been canceled. Determined to raise cash for some Barbie Sunday dresses, the duo takes on a new hit job targeting a mysterious loner (James Gandolfini) who leads them into an unexpected odyssey of self-examination and catapults the junior enforcers into a world beyond Barbie Sunday and bullets for pay.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 3.01 Ounces
- Item model number : NWVG88129546000BR
- Director : Geoffrey Fletcher
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 28 minutes
- Release date : November 19, 2013
- Actors : Alexis Bledel, Saoirse Ronan, James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Bonnie Timmermann, Geoffrey Fletcher
- Studio : New Video Group
- ASIN : B00DT55O9U
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #102,819 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This movie is like a breath of fresh air, although it might be more than a little disturbing, if you think about it, how two such very young women can be so casual and unfazed by the many pitfalls and consequences of their chosen profession. We get some glimpses of their obvious callousness early on, and it becomes even more apparent during the "internal bleeding dance" scene and when Violet takes her shower (no nudity, sorry).
If you're tired of seeing the same crap rolled up in different wrappers, give this one a try. Unlike most indies, it doesn't suffer from pretentiousness or an obtrusive soundtrack of obscure music. This is quite simply a rare gem of a film that unfortunately most people have probably never heard of before. Do yourself a favor and watch it, then do your friends a favor and tell them about it.
As far as the story and meaning of the film, your guess is as good as mine. In the trivia it said that the director was influenced by Quentin Tarantino, something that is quite obvious considering the violence, blood, and teenage characters who apparently have no morality or conscience whatsoever. Pulp Fiction and Thelma & Louise are also listed as influences. Several people have called the Violet character "psychotic." She may be a psychopath, but that is not the same as psychotic. As far as Daisy goes, if she was shooting blanks or not shooting at all, my question is, why did she get into this line of work in the first place? But the film does not lend itself to such questions. They are who they are and they do what they do. I'm not a big fan of James Gandolfini but his character is very sympathetic.
All I can say is, despite the violence, which was so over-the-top it was almost meaningless, I enjoyed the film both times I watched it. I think people will either love it or hate it. If you need a story that makes sense, has a beginning, middle, and end (hopefully happily ever after), then this is not the film for you. If you like something a little experimental, a little surreal, and a lot symbolic, give it a try.
Top reviews from other countries
Gandolfini erinnert an seine Rolle als väterlicher Freund von Kristen Stewart in „Willkommen bei den Rileys“.
Das Magazin „Premiere“ schrieb, dass sich „Violet & Daisy“ „der Kategorisierung entzieht“. Richtig. „New York“ hielt fest: „Has win written all over it“. Auch richtig. Der Film ist sicher ein Erfolg.