Published November 14. 2013 4:00AM
Here's your chance, southeastern Connecticut. Show Geoffrey Fletcher's feature directorial debut some love. While this intriguing film never made it to theaters here, you can see it on Blu-ray DVD as of this coming Tuesday. Fletcher, who grew up in Waterford, won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for "Precious." His work as both a director and writer here is skillful and wonderfully imaginative. Fletcher has said that "Violet & Daisy" ends up in a very different place from where it starts, and that's certainly true. The beginning bubbles with cartoon violence, but the stylized tone eventually allows for some real humanity and emotion. Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan play teen assassins who find an oddly welcoming victim in James Gandolfini. Gandolfini is the real center of "Violet & Daisy"; he's warmth personified as the kindly, paternal man. That said, you should know that there will be blood (it is rated R for a reason), and there will be dark humor. "Violet & Daisy" is, in the end, a thoroughly original piece.
- KRISTINA DORSEY