Personal Velocity

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Three women escape from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.


Studio MGM
SKU 40217249
UPC 027616883599
UPC 14 00027616883599
Format DVD
Release Date 9/2/2003
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
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.
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
Rebecca Miller
Parker Posey
Kyra Sedgwick
Fairuza Balk
Cast & Crew
Fairuza Balk - Actor
Kyra Sedgwick - Actor
Parker Posey - Actor
Ellen Kuras - Cinematographer
Rebecca Miller - Director
Sabine Hoffman - Editor
John Ventimiglia - Narrated By
Michael Rohatyn - Original Music
Alexis Alexanian - Producer
Lemore Syvan - Producer
Gary Winick - Producer
Rebecca Miller - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 1004258
UPC 00027616883599
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 85 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Sundance Film Festival (2002) Ellen Kuras, Winner, Cinematography Award,Rebecca Miller, Winner, Grand Jury Prize
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Trailers
Merle Bertrand, Film Threat An intensely moving and oftentimes haunting film.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post A terrific film.

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