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Personal Velocity (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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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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.
Parker Posey as Greta a Cook Book editor, falls into a primo gig editing an up-an-coming fiction author and proceeds to mess it up making silly, unethical and un-professional choices. And Sedgwick as Delia, usually one to elicit sympathy, comes off as a pathetic slattern, undeserving of anything much more than pity. Balk as Paula rounds out this ungodly trio as a young woman bent on destruction who mostly succeeds.
I know that all of this is meant to be "real" and serve as a comment on Contemporary Woman but give me a break. We've all got it bad at some point in our lives but we also have it good a lot of the times. "Personal Velocity" ejects women back to the 1950's and beyond; a world in which women indeed had few choices but marriage and children and as such it not only demonizes Men, it degrades Women: those it is trying to glorify.
This is the story of three women, each one in a turning point in her life. I guess what the movie tries to show is this moment of revelation and understanding, where all pieces fall down in place. In fact, it sometimes reminded me of Raymond Carver harsh stories who deal with such brief moments in time. Here the story leads us to this personal discovery, after which nothing will be the same.
The first story is the story of Delia, a woman who used to have a personal feeling of that was when she was young, but this feeling was severely shattered through the years. Now, through a hard process of independence she gains this power again. Delia needs to remember she used to have strength. This is not the strength and power of love. Sadly, love weakened Delia. But now, in this stage of her life she needs her own power in order to survive. Since the movie "Phenomena" I have a soft spot in my heart for Kyra Sedgwick who was able to move me once again.
The second story is about Greta, a young ambitious editor. Greta has undergone a period where she rejected her father following his treatment of her mother.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this DVD before seeing it because I love the three actresses who are the main characters in the three stories. They are all awful. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2003
Many of these reviews have given detailed descriptions of what the stories are about...so I won't delve more into that aspect. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by Michelle Pettit
Personal Velocity, written and directed by Rebecca Miller (and based on her book) tells three stories of women at crossroads in their lives. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by Lleu Christopher
As so many films are told from the perspective of a male protagonist, it's refreshing to see a movie in which men are the secondary characters and we get to watch a woman deal with... Read morePublished on July 19 2003 by Ronald Scheer
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... Read morePublished on May 13 2003 by ZVON
How is it, that this film, recieved an award for cinematography?
The problem with films made by people of literature is that they are often non-visual. Read more
Parker Posey, Kyra Sedwick, and Fairuza Balk all get umpteen stars from me for their great portrayals of women who have reached a point in life where they know something has got to... Read morePublished on April 1 2003 by Ei