Personal Velocity: Three Portraits
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Personal Velocity: Three Portraits
Three women whose lives have followed very different paths ponder their pasts and their futures in this omnibus film from second-time director Rebecca Miller, adapted from her acclaimed short story collection of the same name. Delia (Kyra Sedgwick) grew up in a fractured household; her mother abandoned the family when Delia was a child, and her father (Brian Tarantina) was a drug-addled loser who could barely be prodded off the couch. When she entered adolescence, Delia realized that she could use her body to get men to do as she pleased. While this gained her a feeling of power and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This beautifully realized film retains the essential qualities of short fiction: precision, compactness, a focus on epiphanic moments."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Three exquisite boutique films whose impact is much larger than many movies five times their size."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Story about life's turning points is not for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Three short stories about women at turning points in their lives, the movie gains power by condensing each story to 30 minutes each."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"All three women deliver remarkable performances."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"These are complex characters."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"Redeemed by the fine performances and by the moody and effective digital photography of Ellen Kuras."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Miller has made a provocative, intimate triptych of short stories."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"Miller's film is bold and hearty, but it's also a ham-fisted wallop to the senses."
‑ Stella Papamichael,
"You can't really blame Miller for being in love with her own words, but this film is more like a slide show accompanied by an audio book than a movie."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It accumulates small details that gradually create a feeling of narrative intimacy."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Ranging from funny to shattering and featuring some of the year's best acting, Personal Velocity gathers plenty of dramatic momentum."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"It's quite a stylised piece and it's credit to the cast and the filmmakers that the characters engage us to the extent that they do."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Unless you're the sort of person who loves the fiction found in The New Yorker and smaller literary magazines, you'd better avoid Personal Velocity."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"A trilogy of stories about women on the edge that features no less than three rotten dads."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
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