Personal Velocity A portrait of three women at turning points in their lives -- one leaves her abusive husband, another's career takes off, a third heads home… Personal Velocity A portrait of three women at turning points in their lives -- one leaves her abusive husband, another's career takes off, a third heads home…
Video Review

Personal Velocity (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
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EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Mar 18, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Fairuza Balk, Parker Posey and Kyra Sedgwick; Distributor: United Artists (MGM)

A portrait of three women at turning points in their lives -- one leaves her abusive husband, another's career takes off, a third heads home after a trauma -- Personal Velocity is an impressive second feature from Rebecca Miller (the wife of Daniel Day-Lewis and daughter of playwright Arthur Miller). She wrote the script, based on three of her own short stories, and directs in an assured verite style that makes her characters painfully real. The outstanding lead actresses (Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey, and Fairuza Balk) also deserve credit for the film's poignant power. Here's hoping Miller holds on to her distinctive voice when she's given a bigger budget.

Originally posted Mar 21, 2003 Published in issue #701 Mar 21, 2003 Order article reprints