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Rebecca Miller (book)
Rebecca Miller (written by)
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Release Date:
28 March 2003 (Ireland) See more »
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Plot:
Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Intense and redeeming enough to overcome the awkward fliming and editing See more (68 total) »

Cast

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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
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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 Hoffmann  (as 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
 
Stunts
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Personal Velocity" - USA (short title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for brief violence, some strong sexuality and language
Runtime:
86 min
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
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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Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Intense and redeeming enough to overcome the awkward fliming and editing, 25 August 2013
Author: secondtake from United States

Personal Velocity (2002)

Literally three short movies that have a similar sense of crisis for the leading woman, but which set up mostly contrasts and comparisons. It's dramatic, interesting, sometimes difficult emotional stuff. The intentions are superb, and the acting focused and believable. In all, as a low-budget indie production, this has seriousness and depth.

It also is awkward enough in its filming to keep it from quite taking off, or letting you get fully absorbed. At first the very simple (and often imperfect) camera-work seems like smart stylizing, but then it's clear it's also an issue of making do with limitations. There are even moments that shift to a series of still frames in sequence, which feels like artistic invention until you realize it's not really contributing to the larger feeling of things.

This isn't quite a nitpick, but it does counterbalance the rawness of the acting, rather than enhance it.

The three stories are similar in the sense the woman are forced to survive in relationships, and in worlds, that are often hostile and confusing. And what's great is how they all do, in fact survive. As bad, or as uncertain, as their lives get, there is finally that pulling up by the bootstraps and realizing that better things are possible.

You'll hardly think this is the case in the first of the three stories, as the leading woman is portrayed as very strong and yet brutally weaker than her crazed husband. This shift is so shocking it might make some viewers quit the movie. But there is redemption even in this story. And in the second story, which is partly about greed and ambition, the tone changes dramatically, moving from a very poor to a very rich situation. The third story crosses other lines and solidifies the larger intention of the movie as a set of comparable, if unrelated, scenarios.

It's good stuff, and you want mostly to see the director (and screenwriter) Rebecca Miller (who also did "Regarding Henry") continue to make really interesting movies.

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