Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 17th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2014
Approximate running time: 14 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Director: Jim Vendiola
Writer: Jim Vendiola
Cinematography: Richard Diver, Anthony Francis Moorman
Composer: Seth Bohn, Kevin Kujawa
Cast: Ryan Czerwonko, Cassandra Jones, Annie Siffermann
Synopsis: Two reclusive women wait for the right time to lure someone into their web of desire.
Reportedly the film was inspired by true life events. And the event in question involves two French maids named Christine and Léa Papin who murdered their employers’ wife and daughter in Le Mans, France in 1933.
By design short films are at a disadvantage as they have minimal time when it comes to building up characters through back-stories. And often the short stories that prove to be the most successful are the ones that lets the visuals do the talking, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.
Dialog is sparse in Violets and when any words are spoken they do little to reveal more about this film’s two mysterious sisters. Thankfully the film’s features strong visuals that are often reinforced by an ominous score that perfectly captures the mind set of this film’s protagonists.
From a performance stand point one would be hard pressed to find any faults in Cassandra Jones and Annie Siffermann’s portrayals of the emotionally disturbed siblings. They are utterly convincing as the effortlessly capture the essence of these two social awkward characters. Ultimately Violets is a well-made psychological thriller that draws you in with its arresting visuals and very satisfying conclusion.
A trailer for the film can be found here.