6.6/10
3,313
68 user 58 critic

Personal Velocity (2002)

Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (original title)
Trailer
2:13 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
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
6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A mentally unbalanced young woman - who is convinced she is Jackie Kennedy - flies into a murderous rage when her brother returns home to reveal he is engaged.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling
Angela (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The ten year-old Angela and her little sister Ellie move to an old house in the countryside with her parents Mae and Andrew. Their mother has mental illness and has just left an institution... See full summary »

Director: Rebecca Miller
Stars: Miranda Rhyne, Charlotte Eve Blythe, Anna Levine
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown.

Director: Rebecca Miller
Stars: Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Mike Binder
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a happily married woman discovers a love letter written by her husband to an unknown party, she enlists her dysfunctional family to discover the truth.

Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci, Parker Posey
Clockwatchers (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The relationship between four female temps all working for the same credit company is threatened with the arrival of a new hire, who lands a permanent position one of the women was vying for.

Director: Jill Sprecher
Stars: Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow
Party Girl (1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Party girl Mary gets bailed out of jail by her librarian godmother. She starts working at the library, slowly fills her empty brain and gets anal.

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Stars: Parker Posey, Omar Townsend, Anthony DeSando
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Nora Wilder is freaking out. Everyone around her is in a relationship, is married, or has children. Nora is in her thirties, alone with job she's outgrown and a mother who constantly ... See full summary »

Director: Zoe R. Cassavetes
Stars: Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud, Gena Rowlands
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A brother and sister reunite after time apart. But the sister is pregnant, which could either bring the siblings together or tear them apart.

Director: Claire Denis
Stars: Grégoire Colin, Alice Houri, Jacques Nolot
Somersault (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young girl flees her hometown and arrives in the Australian Alps, where new experiences help her learn the differences between sex and love.

Director: Cate Shortland
Stars: Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran
If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV Movie 2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Trio of stories about lesbian couples in three different decades.

Directors: Jane Anderson, Martha Coolidge, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Marian Seldes, Paul Giamatti
Live Flesh (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After leaving jail, Víctor is still in love with Elena, but she's married to the former cop -now basketball player- who became paralysed by a shot from Víctor's gun...

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Liberto Rabal, Francesca Neri, Javier Bardem
Maggie's Plan (2015)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Maggie wants to have a baby, raising him on her own, but when she gets romantically involved with John, a married man, things get complicated and all the balance of Maggie's plans may collapse.

Director: Rebecca Miller
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$125,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,943, 24 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$765,540, 19 January 2003
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

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
See more »

Crazy Credits

To my mother See more »

Connections

Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Intense and redeeming enough to overcome the awkward fliming and editing
25 August 2013 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

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.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 68 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed