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Personal Velocity (2002)

Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (original title)
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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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Rebecca Miller

Writers:

Rebecca Miller (book), Rebecca Miller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Official Sites:

United Artists

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enter Fleeing See more »

Filming Locations:

Ellenville, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$125,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,943, 24 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$765,540, 19 January 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Personal triumph
7 January 2003 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This film, directed and written by Rebecca Miller, is a very satisfying experience for a new director who, here, is adapting her own material with a lot of relish and savoir-faire. There's a certain elegance in the way she treats her characters, always respectful, yet incisive. The only complain we could raise is the fact that each story is very short, so when we are still savoring each one, individually, Ms Miller, for reasons of timing, pulls them from under us.

The first story, Delia, shows a woman's worst fears in being married to a wife beater of the worst kind. She might have had dreams of making a happy home for her family, but her man has another thing in mind. This woman is a step above white trash. She tries hard to get herself together but everything keeps interfering with her independence. Played with gusto by Kyra Sedwick, Delia ends up as a waitress in order to support herself and the children. Her encounter with the bully from the restaurant is an exercise in how low they want her to go, but she comes out a winner.

The second story, Greta, is the best of the three. With the help of the great Parker Posey, this Greta comes out as the tough woman she wants everyone to think of her, but deep down, inside her, she's a vulnerable and frightened and unfulfilled over achiever. Ms Posey has never shown so many nuances in a performance that is so economic in the terms that are dictated by the length of the story. We get to know more about her than the narrator ever tells us. Every expression on this actress face is true. It's surprising what has been achieved here with the collaboration of the director and the player.

The last story, Paula, is the weakest. It's all about a very confused young woman who's out on the road to see her parents. She has very deep problems. Along the way she picks up a hitchhiker who stays with her through the trip. Paula is in a voyage of discovering, but little does she know that what she needs is what she has left at home: her Haitian man, who obviously cares a lot about her. As played by Fairuza Balk, she shows the turmoil in her head that only she can resolve.

We hope Miss Miller's next time out will be very soon because she's got a feel for getting inside her characters and finding angles they didn't even suspect of having.


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