Violet and Daisy, dir/wr. Geoffrey S. Fletcher, st. Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Here's a certain curiosity. Writer/director Fletcher has Bledel and Ronan playing Violet and Daisy, two girls playing at being assassins, or are they assassins playing at being girls? This handsomely shot feature weaves meandering student film suggestion with the trappings of allegorical psycho-drama. There are allusions to abandonment, trauma, abuse, mental illness, or just fantastical escapism in the pair's jaunty excursion through New York, making hits, collecting their payouts, and planning their Barbie Sunday purchases. It does threaten to unravel as it progresses, but the short running time keeps things moving, and there's plenty of doublespeak to peruse. Ronan and Bledel make compelling companions, sisterly and jocund one moment, vulnerable and innocent the next, squabbling like lovers the moment after. James Gandolfini plays one of their targets, a Cancer-ridden father estranged from his daughter, who plays sage and mentor to the pair. At times undone by its own bubblegum cuteness, Violet and Daisy is nonetheless an intriguing watch.