Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

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Uneven, but a keenly observed and well-acted film about three women's lives.

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Based on Rebecca Miller's recently published book of short stories, "Personal Velocity" tells three tales of women as they escape their current situations. Segmented into three parts, Greta (Parker Posey), Delia (Kyra Sedgwick) and Paula (Fairuza Balk) have one thing in common, each struggle to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.

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Critic Reviews for Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

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Audience Reviews for Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

  • Feb 22, 2014
    Not my cup of tea. I don't mind the short stories, but other that the fact the three women are having troubles in part due to their upbringing, the stories do not inter-relate at all.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2013
    This film is comprised of three portraits of women, one escaping from an abusive marriage, one considering adultery, and one who picks up a hitchhiker. Overly expository, these stories are undeveloped. The transition between short story and film is a difficult one, and Rebecca Miller clings to her prose with an obsessive compulsion that doesn't recognize the visual nature of her new medium. And the need to give backstory on all of her characters doesn't even work in prose. All three of the stories revolve around the theme of characters being stuck by their own identities and pasts. It's an interesting theme, but I don't see anything new in the way it's presented or the individualities of the characters, excepting the final story with Fairuza Balk. Overall, there is a difference between film and prose, and Miller doesn't adapt to that difference.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2007
    Great work by all three actresses and often movies with seperate stories bother me.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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