Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel Are Just As Confused by Their New Film as You Are

bledel_ronan_getty300.jpgThe synopsis of Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher's feature directing debut Violet and Daisy sounds straightforward enough: "A brutal fable about a pair of teenage assassins, played by Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel, who believe they've landed a straightforward assignment but soon find themselves thrown off their game when their latest target isn't who they expected." Evidently, however, that's not quite what its audience -- or even its stars themselves, for that matter -- seemed to take away from its Toronto Film Festival premiere.

According to the LAT's Steve Zeitchik, who caught the confounding screening, it went a little like this:

Overflowing with whimsical dream sequences, cryptic symbolism and surrealist touches (the main characters tool around on a tricycle), Violet & Daisy features flavors that won't be to everyone's taste, and it's hard to imagine a major distributor taking a flier on it. But even its detractors will concede the film has a degree of style and ambition. [...]

So bizarre are some of the scenes in Violet & Daisy that at the post-screening Q&A Thursday night, even the actors there to support the film said they found themselves experiencing moments of confusion. "I came in with lots of questions," Bledel said, "and I still haven't gotten any answers."

To a query from one member in the audience, Ronan jumped in with: "There are so many bizarre things in this film, so many things left open, it might be better off not to ask questions." (Her remark prompted Cameron Bailey, the festival co-director who was moderating the session, to quip, "That kind of ruins the Q&A.")

Don't feel bad, ladies! That's TIFF for you. I'm still waiting for people to come around on What's Wrong With Virginia? Give it a couple years, something will work out.

· Toronto 2011: An Oscar winner takes an un-Precious turn [LAT]

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  • BrendaMaxx says:

    Saoirse Ronan is a shinning star. Her acting chops are right up there with Cate Blanchett & Meryl Streep. I love to watch her on screen. I will see this film if only for her performance.
    She chooses her fims wisley. I also thinks she's very attractive and has BIG screen chrisma. Yes! I'm a fan of her acting ability. Forget about all the actors PR dept. pushing them in the rags. I love a captivating performance and Saoirse NEVER fails to deliver. Attonment & Hanna, outstanding chops. I will follow her career.

  • Jen Yamato says:

    Seconded! Although this story is so curious and they sound so confused, this movie's got to be a doozy.

  • Dan Tralder says:

    I actually really, really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this movie. And the rest isn't bad.

  • Jeff says:

    Cate Blanchett? Meaning she's a cold, calculating, strangely sexless robot?

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