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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.

Director:

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief violence, some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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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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Suffers from the three "P"'s......
17 January 2004 | by psthadSee all my reviews

The three "p"'s being ponderous, pretentious and pedantic. I'm speaking here of the voice-over narrative, as cited by several other viewers before me. The three short stories presented in the film could do just as well - wait, check that - better without it, regardless of the gender of the narrator (several people seemed disturbed by a male filling this role - I guess because they wanted it to be a "woman's" picture exclusively). But in the end, the three vignettes emerge as intriguing alley-ways which lead nowhere. If you ask me (I know, you didn't...), the three principal actresses were terrific, as were many of the supporting players. It's just that the material they were handed is a bit thin, one more example of the "could've-been" picture that relies too heavily on a sense of "high art" and its own "indie-ness" to draw the audience in.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enter Fleeing See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$125,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,943, 24 November 2002

Gross USA:

$811,299

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$890,502
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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