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Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Delia Shunt
Greta Herskowitz
Narrator (voice)
Avram Herskowitz
Mr. Gelb
Kurt Wurtzle
Thavi Matola (as Joel De La Fuente)
Pete Shunt


A tale of three women who have reached a turning point in their lives. Delia is a spirited, working-class woman from a small town in New York who leaves her abusive husband and sets out on a journey to reclaim the power she has lost. Greta is a sharp, spunky editor who is rotten with ambition. To spite the hated infidel ways of her father, she has settled into a complacent relationship and is struggling (not too hard) with issues of fidelity to her kind but unexciting husband. Finally Paula, who ran away from home and got pregnant, is now in a relationship she doesn't want. She's a troubled young woman who takes off on a journey with a hitchhiker after a strange, fateful encounter on a New York street. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for brief violence, some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »


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20 December 2002 (USA)  »

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$125,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,943 (USA) (22 November 2002)


$765,540 (USA) (17 January 2003)

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Greta Herskowitz: How could he still love me? If he does, it's because he doesn't know me. I'm rotten with ambition, a lusty little troll, the kind of demon you'd find at the bottom floor of hell pulling fingernails off the loansharks.
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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

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A Beautifully Acted, Melancholy Film Experience
22 October 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

It is so hard to find a film that actually elicits a genuine emotional response from its viewers, but you need look no further than "Personal Velocity". The direction and scriptwriting are both wonderful and the acting is definitely award-worthy. "Personal Velocity" explores a major event in the lives of three different women, Delia (Kyra Sedgwick), Greta (Parker Posey) and Paula (Fairuza Balk). The first segment of the three explores Delia's quest to rebuild her life after escaping from an abusive household. Kyra Sedgwick is completely believable as Delia and delivers one of the best performances of her career. The second segment tells the story of Greta, an unknown businesswoman, suddenly thrust into the limelight and all of the troubles that it brings. Parker Posey, while not quite as good as she usually is in comedic films (see her amazing turn in The House of Yes), still gives an admirable performance. The third and final segment is one of the most emotional, showing a confused young woman, Paula, witnessing a tragic accident and hitting the road in panic, where she picks up a badly injured hitch-hiker. Fairuza Balk captures the character's quirks perfectly, giving you the impression of watching a real-life happening. The script is wonderfully timed and striking, with the exception of some of the narrator's lines, the cinematography perfectly captures the mood, confusion and panic of the storyline, and the three actresses show the potential for brilliance that all three have. All in all, a beautiful, melancholy film experience.

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