Violet & Daisy (2011)

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Two teenage assassins accept what they think will be a quick-and-easy job, until an unexpected target throws them off their plan.

"Violet & Daisy" is a 2011 American crime-drama film, directed by Geoffrey Fletcher, which stars Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan as the eponymous characters. The movie weaves a darkly comical story around two teenage assassins who take jobs to money their shared hobby - buying dresses from their favorite pop star's clothes line.

Plot Summary
The film opens with Violet and Daisy, worn nun outfits, performing a task flawlessly. They are seen to be abnormally young, expert assassins who not just share a close relationship but also a fixation with a pop star, Barbie Sunday, and her clothes line.

When they learn of a new collection dropping soon, they accept a relatively easy job from their handler, Russ. Their project is to eliminate Michael, played by James Gandolfini, who is purportedly a criminal with stolen items.

Key Events
Upon reaching Michael's house, they discover he is a surprisingly soft-spoken and lonely guy, who seems nonplussed about their intent to kill him. In an unusual twist, he appears to be waiting on death and even prepares cookies for them. Throughout their encounter, Violet and Daisy fall asleep, and on getting up, discover Michael still alive, having actually chosen not to make the most of the circumstance to leave.

This sets the tone for a series of unusual and mentally charged interactions, where Michael, instead of becoming their victim, ends up being a daddy figure-telling them stories, giving recommendations, and playing video games. Despite Violet's preliminary decision to complete the task, she gradually warms to Michael and reveals her past as an abuse survivor.

The plot takes an additional turn when Russ's manager, Bob, angry at them for not finishing their assignment, sends another assassin to kill them. Michael conserves them, proving his affection, just to be fatally hurt himself. This results in a shootout, where Violet and Daisy manage to fend off their aggressors but not prior to Michael yields.

Concluding Events
In the consequences, Daisy breaks down and admits her background - she was abducted and escaped only after killing her captor. It is then revealed that Michael was really Bob's despondent sibling who employed Violet and Daisy to "assisted suicide".

Distraught, Violet and Daisy go back to Russ, who is himself saddened by Michael's fate. They question their type of work due to such manipulative exploitation and the emotional toll it has actually taken.

In general, "Violet & Daisy" is an eccentric and non-traditional movie, mixing the styles of adolescence, morality, death, and criminal activity. The efficiencies of Bledel, Ronan, and Gandolfini weave a tragic yet fascinating story of 2 young girls and their unusual relationship with a guy they were supposed to eliminate. This, versus the background of their shared past as victims of abuse, eventually leads them to question their function as "victimizers" by the motion picture's end.

Top Cast

  • Saoirse Ronan (small)
    Saoirse Ronan
  • Alexis Bledel (small)
    Alexis Bledel
  • James Gandolfini (small)
    James Gandolfini
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste (small)
    Marianne Jean-Baptiste
  • Danny Trejo (small)
    Danny Trejo
  • Tatiana Maslany (small)
    Tatiana Maslany
  • Lynda Gravatt (small)
    Lynda Gravatt
  • Cody Horn (small)
    Cody Horn
    Barbie Sunday
  • John Ventimiglia (small)
    John Ventimiglia
    Man #1
  • Stu 'Large' Riley (small)
    Stu 'Large' Riley
    Man #2
  • Neville Archambault (small)
    Neville Archambault
    Man #3