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Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

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Personal Velocity: Three Portraits is a 2002 American independent film written and directed by Rebecca Miller.

Personal Velocity: Three Portraits
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Promotional poster
Directed byRebecca Miller
Produced byAlexis Alexanian
Caroline Kaplan
Jonathan Sehring
John Sloss
Written byRebecca Miller
StarringKyra Sedgwick
Parker Posey
Fairuza Balk
Music byMichael Rohatyn
CinematographyEllen Kuras
Edited bySabine Hoffmann
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
January 12, 2002 (2002-01-12) (Sundance)
November 22, 2002 (2002-11-22)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$811,299[1]


Personal Velocity is 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 state 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 unfaithful 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.



Critical receptionEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 69% based on 103 reviews, and an average rating of 6.5/10. The website's critical consensus states that the film is an "uneven, but a keenly observed and well-acted film about three women's lives."[2] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 70 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[3]


Personal Velocity won the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film and the Cinematography Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.


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  2. ^ "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 6, 2018.

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