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Format: DVD
Sku: 40217249
UPC: 027616883599
UPC 14: 00027616883599
Category Keywords: Self-Discovery  Theatrical Release  Women
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Three women escape from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.

"An intensely moving and oftentimes haunting film.  Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"A terrific film.  Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

Editor's Note
Three very different women confront life-changing decisions in this film derived from Rebecca Miller's book of short stories. Each woman has reached a turning point in her life. Delia (Kyra Sedgwick) finally takes a stand and leaves her abusive husband, but still has to find a way to regain her power and life; Greta (Parker Posey) achieves more professional success than she ever imagined, but has fidelity issues when it comes to her marriage and her lovable but dull husband; and, on the heels of a tragic accident, Paula (Fairuza Balk) has to contend with an unplanned pregnancy and the status of her personal relationships. Shot in digital video, the film is peppered with various effects and editing that achieve an intimate look and feel. Sedgwick is exceptional and wholly believable as gritty, tough-as-nails Delia. Both Posey and Balk are well cast as their respective characters, with Poseys vignette infusing some humor into the trilogy despite its serious overtones, and Balk bringing an indepth sensitivity to Paula. The film also stars David Warshofsky, Tim Guinee, Rob Leibman, and Wallace Shawn and is narrated by John Ventimiglia. PERSONAL VELOCITY is written and directed by Rebecca Miller, daughter of famed playwright Arthur Miller.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Trailers

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/2/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 85 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1004258
Video UPC UPC: 00027616883599
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1/4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Fairuza Balk
Video Cast Info Kyra Sedgwick
Video Cast Info Parker Posey
Video Cast Info Ellen Kuras - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Rebecca Miller - Director
Video Cast Info Sabine Hoffman - Editor
Video Cast Info John Ventimiglia - Narrated By
Video Cast Info Michael Rohatyn - Original Music
Video Cast Info Alexis Alexanian - Producer
Video Cast Info Lemore Syvan - Producer
Video Cast Info Gary Winick - Producer
Video Cast Info Rebecca Miller - Writer


Sundance Film Festival (2002)
Video Award Name Ellen Kuras, Winner, Cinematography Award
Video Award Name Rebecca Miller, Winner, Grand Jury Prize

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Ellen Kuras's cinematography possesses delicacy and freshness....Even when the movie is over, the psychological physics of PERSONAL VELOCITY will remain in your head..." 11/22/2002 p.E11

Entertainment Weekly
"...Kyra Sedgwick has finally found the perfect role for her hard, squinty beauty....[Posey] comes through with the richest performance of her career..." 11/29/2002 p.78

Los Angeles Times
"Rebecca Miller's PERSONAL VELOCITY sneaks up on you..." 11/27/2002 p.C4

Sight and Sound
"...Miller hurls us into Greta's privileged Manhattan world with a light touch....A particularly fizzed-up Parker Posey as Greta is crucial to the effect..." 04/01/2003 p.47

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
These stories are commented on by a narrator (John Ventimiglia), who uses Miller's prose to draw larger lessons and look for deeper currents. Miller (the daughter of the playwright Arthur) refuses to draw morals for her characters. They are not yet through learning, and life has more lessons for them. We see them so sharply, however, in the few days we glimpse each one. The actors are gifted at establishing character with just a few well-chosen strokes (as a short story writer must also be able to do). We learn as much about each of these women in half an hour as we learn about most movie characters in two hours. More, really, because the movie doesn't pretend to solve their situations, only to dramatize them. - Roger Ebert

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