“Violet & Daisy” to Premiere at TIFF

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Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls) stars in Violet & Daisy, a film about two teenage assassins who land in a complicated job. Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan star as the assassins. It has just been announced that Violet & Daisy will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) starting on September 15th.

Alexis is said to provide “surprising fury” to the film. Apparently the girls accept what they think will be a tidy job, going about their business as if it completely doesn’t affect them, but their target Michael (James Gandolfini) turns out to be someone other than they expected.

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10 thoughts on ““Violet & Daisy” to Premiere at TIFF

  • August 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm
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    Will this be good? Probably not. Will it be entertaining? Probably. Is it an important part of Bledel’s development as an actor? I think so. How many crap roles did Graham have to go through before hitting the jackpot with GG and Parenthood?

    I’m particularly interested to see what kind of chemistry Bledel can get with Ronan. Ensemble casts are the future and being picked as part of an ensemble requires being able to develop chemistry.

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  • August 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm
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    @Hi Y-

    Seems like it depends on how you define “good”. Compared to the best of the “stylized violence” genre like say Pulp Fiction/Reservoir Dog/Kill Bill, even Sin City, or the best of the Sopranos, it probably will not be considered very good and maybe even forgettable [assuming it gets reasonable visibility at all]. But with the cast involved it seems like it should at least be an entertaining mid-tier movie and the fact that AB seems to be getting more of these edgy parts means someone in charge is seeing something they like. And compared to someof the lighter/smaller roles AB has played since GG that were unnecessary, this seems like a good progression along the edgier track she probably needs to get right to clear typecasting and expand her options for future projects.

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  • September 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm
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    I kinda expect this from Bledel fans. It seems they don’t know how to judge a film at all. I mean, you have “Sin City”, “Traveling of the Sisterhood thing”, and “Gilmore Girls” to base of off so I kinda understand where the ignorance is coming from. Let me educate you.

    @ Y: To dismiss “V&D” when it hasn’t even premiered (read: no reviews as of late or even a trailer) is nonsensical. And if it’s entertaining then it may be good. One follows the other, so it’s logical to say “V&D” has potential to be “good” indie hit if it’s entertaining. I don’t think the director wanted a British time period piece.

    @ mcityrk:

    Geoffrey Fletcher, the film’s director and screenwriter (won an Oscar for screenwriting for “Precious”), says it is a fable, a hybrid of “Thelma & Louise”, “Superbad”, and “Pulp Fiction.” So we have female dynamics, hilarity, and cold violence with a dash of reality (Tarantino’s films are more fantasy than reality). That’s one odd combination. But then again why would one compare it to the best of Tarantino when in fact such violence is only one aspect of it, and when no review have come out? That’s a self fulfilling prophecy. It’s not a remake at all.

    You state: “But with the cast involved it seems like it should at least be an entertaining mid-tier movie”

    As you said, with the cast involved (Carey Mulligan was slated to play Violet, but dropped out to film “Drive” instead – enter Alexis Bledel) there must’ve been something in the script and the chance to work with an Oscar winner screenwriter that led them to sign on. You have Ronan who is top notch, no questions ask; Bledel (I think she has the most to prove – she could be the weakest link in the film and could drag it, sorry Bledel fans); aided by a very solid supporting cast: Gandolfini, Jean-Baptiste & Trejo. The biggest names in the supporting cast are good at their niche roles – Gandolfini (sarcastic mafia gangster), Jean-Baptiste (solid female supporting actor), and Trejo (Machete, Grindhouse). It would be a safe bet that Fletcher wanted them for particular roles that suited their acting strengths.

    Let’s check out the film crew:

    Cinematography – Vanja Cernjul: 2 Primetime Emmy noms for “30 Rock” & “Nurse Jackie”
    Soundtrack – Paul Cantelon: “The Driving Bell and the Butterfly”, “W”, “NY, I Love You”
    Editing – Joe Klotz: Oscar nominee, “Precious”, “Junebug”, “Rabbit Hole”
    Script – Geoffrey Fletcher: Oscar winner, “Precious”

    My concern isn’t if the movie will be good; just based on the talent involved the end product will be good. Great? That’s left to be decided. The biggest question marks are Bledel’s acting and Fletcher’s direction.

    Oh and here’s the latest “mini review” from a TIFF programmer:

    “It’s tough to imagine a better-suited cast. Ronan more than proved her action chops earlier this year in the exhilarating Hanna; erstwhile Gilmore girl Bledel brings surprising fury to Violet; Sopranos star Gandolfini is an old pro when it comes to navigating his way through a violent world riddled with surprises; and Machete-man Danny Trejo turns up in a part that seems made just for him.

    Fletcher won the Academy Award® for his screenplay for Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. Though Violet & Daisy is vastly different from that earlier, celebrated project, Fletcher’s directorial debut builds nicely on a number of its predecessor’s strengths, such as its brutal depiction of adolescence and its seamless threading together of fantasy and harsh realism. (This new film is, in its own peculiar way, a fable.) Fletcher may be best known as a wordsmith, but his film is shot through with arresting visuals. In one shocking transition, Violet walks through a door into another world, where a burning plane crashes into a house. Disorienting and captivating, such moments are unforgettable.

    Cameron Bailey”

    Also, Jane Schoettle, TIFF’s international programmer, says the film is “not like anything you’ve seen before” concerning “V&D.”

    Just because a film’s synopsis is a bit “out-there” or far-fetched doesn’t mean it’ll be bad. And just because Bledel was cast doesn’t mean it’ll suck automatically – you seem to forget Carey Mulligan was the frontrunner for her part.

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  • September 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm
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    I’m excited about this film.

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  • September 8, 2011 at 10:38 am
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    Well this film has one truly gifted actress in Ronan. Pity Mulligan dropped out. Here’s hoping Bledel can keep up with the Irish actress. I’m expecting this to be something special. A must see with a great cast!

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  • September 9, 2011 at 11:25 am
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    @Jill
    Yeah yeah yeah, we read all of that when it was posted previously. IFC is littered with films by “award-winning” writers, producers, and/or directors with casts ranging from all-star to no-name. Most of the films are not very good but many of them are at least somewhat entertaining. Nonsensical is to give this project high expectations. I’m keeping my expectations modest. Not subterranean (e.g. Post-Grad), just modest.

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  • September 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm
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    @Jill.

    I think you misinterpret the intent of the initial discussion on the probable merits of this film.

    I actually am looking forward to see how AB does in this film as it is an interesting progression from past roles. And the weird thing is if Mulligan had been cast instead of Alexis I would probably only get around to seeing the movie on FX 3-4 years from now, instead of picking up on the movie shortly after it becomes available. But great credentials for the cast and behind the scenes talent only give a project a leg up, they do not guarantee success [see that Burnette, Lynch, Keaton, and Reitman along with AB on Post-Grad yielded a true mess].

    As to the topic material, we have certainly seen good films before with teen-age female assassins as a highlight [either as leads or supporting characters], both on the gore/fantasy side [like Miyo in SC and Go-Go in KB] and the more serious dramatic side [Portman with Jean Reno and Gary Oldman in “The Professionals”] so it will be interesting to see what new they have to say with this story line that is diffferent from past films. It sort of sounds from your expanded description like they are trying to play both sides of this dynamic [drama/fantasy] which will be tricky to get right. But in all, considering the cast, I am looking forward to the film with somewhat higher expectations than Y, and hope the film has a legitimate rather than relatively hidden release to general audiences.

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  • September 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm
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    @Jill-

    If the director himself is calling his movie a hybrid of 3 films, 2 of which were considered top 5 in their respective years shown, it seems like he is the one setting up the “self-fullfilling prophecy” of probable failed expectations, not me. I’m simply saying the likelihood is the storyline will be somewhat derivative though still entertaining, and probably not groundbreaking enough to be a contender in awards season. That’s hardly a surprising or ignorant point of view as very few films live up to these high expectations.

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  • September 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm
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    I can understand some of the cynicism here but I’m curious and hopeful like Jill (who did some nice research), especially since no one has seen the film. It also sounds as if the filmmakers did something ambitious and daring. To me, that alone qualifies as a success. Finally, the production wanted Alexis. They didn’t settle for her. It seems that Mulligan dropping out is an IMDB rumor that has since been taken down.

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