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20 December 2002 (USA) See more »
Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kyra Sedgwick ... Delia Shunt

Parker Posey ... Greta Herskowitz

Fairuza Balk ... Paula

John Ventimiglia ... Narrator (voice)

Ron Leibman ... Avram Herskowitz

Wallace Shawn ... Mr. Gelb

David Warshofsky ... Kurt Wurtzle

Leo Fitzpatrick ... Mylert

Tim Guinee ... Lee

Patti D'Arbanville ... Celia

Ben Shenkman ... Max

Joel de la Fuente ... Thavi Matola (as Joel De La Fuente)

Marceline Hugot ... Pam

Brian Tarantina ... Pete Shunt

Seth Gilliam ... Vincent
Josh Philip Weinstein ... Oscar

Lou Taylor Pucci ... Kevin
Mara Hobel ... Fay

David Patrick Kelly ... Peter
Nick Cubbler ... John Wurtzle
Sarah Morf ... Claire Wurtzle
Laura Finelli ... Young Delia

Dean Strange ... The Tall Man
Michi Barall ... Felicia Wong

Tim Hopper ... Mr. Brown
Maria Elena Ramirez ... News Reporter

Christopher Fitzgerald ... Greg

Susan Blommaert ... Mrs. Toron
Angela Trento ... Lola Sanduli
Danielle Tagger ... Marla

Peter Galman ... Man in His 50's
Tony Osso ... Waiter
Monica Paszkiewicz ... Mimi

Quentin Mare ... Darius
Brian Bell ... Playwright
Kaluska Poventud ... Maroushka
Francis Akins ... Jesse
Bill Burns ... Court Steps Reporter
Jennifer Lent ... Young Fay
Lynne Anne Hart ... Mylert's Mother
Eileen Stancage ... Old Woman
Corinne Brownsell ... Dunkin Donuts Cashier
Eleanor Niel ... Girl on Swing
Stephi Licciardi ... Girl on Swing
Samantha Steiner ... Girl on Swing
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Silawn Lewis ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Rebecca Miller 
Writing credits
Rebecca Miller (book "Personal Velocity")

Rebecca Miller (written by)

Produced by
Alexis Alexanian .... producer
Brian Bell .... line producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Jenny Schweitzer .... line producer
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Lemore Syvan .... producer
Gary Winick .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Rohatyn 
Cinematography by
Ellen Kuras 
Film Editing by
Sabine Hoffman 
Casting by
Cindy Tolan 
Production Design by
Judy Becker 
Set Decoration by
Maus Drechsler 
Heather Loeffler 
Costume Design by
Marie Abma 
Makeup Department
Paul J. Mason .... special makeup effects artist (as Paul Mason)
Sanna Riley .... hair designer
Sanna Riley .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jake Abraham .... post-production supervisor
Gwen Bialic .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Brillman .... second assistant director
Carrie Fix .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jill Alexander .... property master
Andrew Cesana .... property intern
Nora Killoran .... property assistant
Laura Morton .... art department production assistant
Carl Paolino .... art department
Eric Siegelstein .... art department intern
Sound Department
Ryan Collison .... foley recordist
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Fondulas .... boom operator
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... sound editor
Giles Khan .... sound mixer
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... sound editor
Barry London .... sound mixer
Greg Robertson .... assistant location sound
Ira Spiegel .... sound effects editor
Brian Vancho .... foley walker
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Hashim Al-Mashat .... electrician
Stuart Kaufman .... additional electrician
Paul Kaye .... best boy electric
Alison Kelly .... assistant camera
Scott Maher .... additional electrician
John C. Nadeau .... gaffer (as John Nadeau)
Toshiaki Ozawa .... additional camera operator
Toshiaki Ozawa .... additional photographer
Pascal Perich .... still photographer
Martina Radwan .... camera operator
Nico Ruderman .... grip/electric intern
Erin Wile .... still photographer
Ian Vollmer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sherri Kohl Owles .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Rachel Biles .... assistant editor
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
John M. Davis .... music editor
Alex Steyermark .... executive music producer
Other crew
Aaron Brookner .... production assistant
Aram David .... production assistant
Kristen Dubberstein .... location assistant
Lisa Eisenhardt .... production assistant
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Farrah Hersh .... assistant: Lemore Syvan
Jamie E. Hull .... key production assistant
Melissa Marr .... production operations: Blue Magic Pictures
Elias Jeremiah Moor .... assistant location manager
Tony Osso .... location manager
Angelique A. Pesce .... production coordinator
Justin Ritson .... set production assistant
Melissa Rubin .... production assistant
Avigail Schotz .... assistant: Rebecca Miller
Deb Szczepkowski .... production assistant
Mandy Tagger .... production associate
Vanessa Tolino .... production assistant
Hope Walter .... production assistant
Wendy L. York .... script supervisor (as Wendy York)
Scott Challgren .... legal assistant (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Personal Velocity" - USA (short title)
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Rated R for brief violence, some strong sexuality and language
86 min
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Paula:I used to write. Then I used to paint. I think I'm going to be one of those people with a lot of potential who never really takes off.
Norwegian Man Who Dies with Paula:Those are always the best kind of people
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Three intriguing stories,three potentially unsatisfying conclusions, 2 May 2006
Author: S.R. Dipaling from Topeka, Kansas, USA

Writer and director Rebecca Miller(daughter of legendary playwright Arthur) patches together three stories of three different women for this film and the movie itself is quite an intriguing curiosity for it.

Delia(Kyra Sedgwick,familiar yet still distinctive here)is an abused housewife and mother who's only known really one thing about herself-her sexuality-and has to find a way out of her sad,low-esteemed predicament,while wondering if she should use her sexuality or not; Greta(Parker Posey,for whom the type of roles she could inhabit are practically limitless) is a career-driven woman whose marriage is peaceful but uninspiring; and Paula(Fairuza Balk,whose angry eyes and wild visage is an ironic contrast to the scared character she's playing),has escaped a horrifying accident and now aids a runaway teen,all the while mindful of the fact that she's just learned she's pregnant.

I must say I was quite pleased with elements of the movie:the narration,the anthology of it and,of course,the actors,who all are very fine here. But I suppose what left me dry here was the way these stories played out. I will not go into any detail so as to inadvertently throw out spoilers,but it to me felt like these stories were resolved in ways that seemed only evident to the writer herself. I read one reviewer describe these tales as sorts of "Women's lib" stories,and that may be true,and not being a woman myself and certainly not a feminist,I suppose if these endings seemed lost on me,well,that's my problem I suppose.

Not a movie for those who absolutely NEED their films to have a sort of set,rising-plot/climax/denouement model in order to digest their usage of 90 min to 2 hours of time,but I suspect that the film's creator doesn't really care about that. She set out to portray three ordinary yet intriguing characters and,for the most part,I feel like she succeeded.

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