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Personal Velocity (2002)

Kyra Sedgwick , Parker Posey , Rebecca Miller  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey, Fairuza Balk, John Ventimiglia, Ron Leibman
  • Directors: Rebecca Miller
  • Writers: Rebecca Miller
  • Producers: Alexis Alexanian, Brian Bell, Caroline Kaplan, Gary Winick, Jenny Schweitzer
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008972R
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Personal Velocity" on IMDb

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Three very different women. One daring leap of faith. Kyra Sedgwick (Something to Talk About), Parker Posey (Best in Show) and Fairuza Balk (Almost Famous) star in this completely compelling (The Hollywood Reporter) drama about three women who set out to change their lives. Winner of the 2002 Sundance Festival's Grand Jury Prize, this passionate, poignant and bracingfilm delivers a muscular punch (Screen International)! Delia (Sedgwick) escapes from an abusive husband. Greta (Posey) risks everything on a new career. And Paula (Balk) takes flight after a tragic accident. These women must overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles that confinethem. But are they really on their way to new livesor are they just making new versions of old mistakes?

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is one of those slice-of-life type of indie movies...while I like very much the actresses portraying the main character in each story, I didn't care for/about the characters AT ALL. I don't expect to "like" every character in a film - GOODFELLAS, CLOCKWORK ORANGE, HUD, THE WILD BUNCH, USUAL SUSPECTS all feature characters that are VERY BAD PEOPLE but they're excellent movies - I at least have to find characters "interesting," to "care" about 'em a bit for one reason 'r' another. The central character in each story herein is pretty much a self-absorbed or foolish person "stuck" in a situation primarily of her own making, w/ the exception of Ms. Balk's. Kyra S's character is nasty to people that try to help her and her possibly statutory sex act with a dopey teenage boy is supposed to be seen as EMPOWERING?!? Balk's character's car gets STOLEN by a kid she's trying to help (yeah, REALLY smart, her leaving the keys in the car w/ someone she barely knows!) and instead of feeling (naturally) upset/angry/nonplussed (as most people would), just THEN she has an "epiphany" about her unborn child?!? GIMME A #@&*in' BREAK!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie That Provokes Thought May 13, 2003
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This movie is the story of three woman, told in separate segments. Each of the characters has to some extent engaged in self-delusion as to who they really are as persons and each one finds herself in the midst of a major life crisis. As each character deals with their situation, they begin to find out who they really are as persons and to find a possible path to self liberation, happiness and fulfillment in their lives.
Delia(Kyra Sedgwick), is an abused wife and mother, who finds personal liberation by finding the courage to finally leave her abusive husband, and then rediscovers her personal dignity and power through her sexuality.
Greta(Parker Posey), is a wife and daughter, who has lost touch with herself, first by being caught in the middle in a struggle between her powerful, ambitious father and her weaker, more fragile mother for her love and affection, then later in an act of rebellion against her father, by ending up in a loving but passionless marriage in which she has suppressed all her own personal ambitions. An opportunity for success rekindles in her all her own passions and ambition, as she struggles to finally break free from the influence of her parents, to come to terms with her husband and marriage and to be who she really is as a person.
Paula(Fairuza Balk) is a young woman, who finds herself pregnant and who after a terrible accident, in a state of shock starts out on a journey to try and escape and make sense of what is happening to her. An encounter with an abused runaway, helps her refocus on her own plight and discover her own ability to care about others besides her self.
All the acting in the film is excellent, but Parker Posey as Greta really stands out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three women fighting against the tide April 2, 2008
They made one of the vignettes right down the road from me and I never knew it! The story with Kyra was made in Rosendale, NY, about ten minutes from me. Who knew? That's the little gifts you get when you're anal about reading the end credits. Celebration done. Review time. One very erotic moment with Parker Posey having some "me" time and several quasi erotic moments with Kyra Sedgewick having some "us" times. Fairuza was great in her perma-goth role and had a really touching event to deal with. I'm a fan of all three women so this was a big win for me. The drama was rich across the board. I felt Kyra's despair, Posie's anxious discontent, and Fairuza being Fairuza. Three women up against it and coming out on top, more or less. If you're a fan of drama and the struggle of life, then don't hesitate to add this one to your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Interesting Cinematic Short Stories. July 6, 2008
In Personal Velocity, we encounter three women: Delia, Greta, and Paula. Delia is a middle-of-the-pack woman who's recently left her abusive husband, relocated far from his violent subjugation, and found work as a waitress at a restaurant owned by a man who's seedy son eyes her over like another meal. Greta is a metropolitan wife who, despite living the life any woman would fancy, is finding herself discontented and on the verge of leaving her loving husband. Paula, who is featured in the third story, picks up a young male hitchhiker on a rainy day with good intentions but finds that the chance encounter was much more than a random occurrence, and that the divine might be behind the entire event.

This film is highly entertaining, and what's more, it gives us just enough to be satisfied without overrunning its plot into the ground. Right about the time we're ready to be done with one of the stories, a new tale flashes upon the screen and we're once again engaged in a new little ditty.

Final verdict: a very entertaining film about the lives of three women that while I cannot recommend to everyone, I do recommend to the independent film crowd out there who prefers character-driven stories with solid acting and strong plotlines.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive and ripe with ideas February 5, 2004
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Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity is comprised of three short films: Delia, Greta, and Paula. The characters span location, socio-economic background, and age but are psychologically threaded by the common experience of a crisis pertinent to each's feminine identity. The movie's interest in women may garner the misperception of it as a feminist polemic, but Miller's vision is more humanitarian than political. It's one of those movies that, even when unsuccessful, seems genuinely curious about human beings.
In exploring battered wife, Delia (Kyra Sedgewick) Miller uses flashbacks to show her deep-seated confusion with sex and power as a promiscuous teenager. Greta reiterrates such themes, but as opposed to Delia's battered wife syndrome, these now impenetrable psychological depths actually produce societally acceptable behavior. The more Greta (the deft Parker Posey) succumbs to her innate moral inscrutability, the greater success she earns in her profession as a book editor. The final short, Paula is much less clear in its themes, and you can see Miller exploring truly dangerous territory, feeling around for a lightswitch in the dark. It follows a young quasi-homeless goth woman (Fairuza Balk) whose quest for love and motherhood become manifested in unconditional love and care for a terribly abused hitchhiking boy. Though this short seems spiritually disconnected from the first two, I like its dark, emblematic emotions (ripe with abortion metaphors and images of child torture) and Balk's performance is appropriately painful.
Miller's larger point, I think, is to show a battle between these women's present goals and their histories which, whether or not they like it, dictate their decisions. I applaud Miller for exploring such quandaries and being able to convey them in artful, engrossing entertainment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars What The Heck?
This was sure a weird movie.
Published 2 months ago by Scottie Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining with fine performances.
A trio of tales with interesting leading ladies that kept me interested in what was going to happen in their lives.
Published 5 months ago by JamesVB
1.0 out of 5 stars Why Kyra Why?
Maybe it was someones idea of artsy but I found it vulgar. Why Kyra would do such a movie is beyond me.....
Published 5 months ago by T. Eckert
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must see. You will enjoy each of the main characters.
This movie was very intense. I could not turn away from it for a second. It made me laugh, cry and angry.
Published 8 months ago by nichole Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal Velocity
This is a peculiar movie for a great price. If you are a Kyra Sedgwick fan, get it. Really cool.
Published 16 months ago by Jonathan Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars To each is own personal velocity?
Before watching this movie for the first time i wasn't sure what got me into thinking about watching it other than Fairuza Balk and Kira Sedwick. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jonny Roy's film interests
2.0 out of 5 stars What Ties These Three Stories Together?
Not much, it is way too subtle for me to understand what these 3 women's lives and stories have in common. Read more
Published on February 21, 2010 by petesea
3.0 out of 5 stars good story with lack of dirction
the movie as a story was good and effictive, but the dirctor was too weak.
By the way i give Kyra the best acting
I recommed this movie to "surf" more than watch.
Published on October 13, 2008 by Mohd Hashem Almagrabi
4.0 out of 5 stars I've found me another wonderful segmented film.
I don't know why there are so many attempts at this sort of films: individual episodes that approach and overlap the same concept. Read more
Published on April 11, 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
5.0 out of 5 stars In their own direction, at their own speed
Three short stories of very different young women. Each story takes enough time to develop a character and show an arc of personal change that gives a sense of something... Read more
Published on November 12, 2006 by Sanpete
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