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Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Details


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 self-sufficiency, it also earned her a reputation as the "class slut," and the end product was her marriage to Kurt (David Warshofsky). Greta (Parker Posey) is the daughter of a successful lawyer (Ron Leibman) who left her mother when she was young and offered Greta criticism rather than affection. Plagued with self-doubt, Greta is squandering her literary talents editing cookbooks and is married to Lee (Tim Guinee. When Thavi (Joel de la Fuente), a respected and successful young novelist, asks Greta to edit his next novel, it forces her to reassess herself on a number of levels. Finally, Paula (Fairuza Balk), yet another product of a fractured family, ran away from her mother and was homeless until she met Vincent (Seth Gilliam), who took her in and became her boyfriend. A year later, Paula is uncertain in her feelings about Vincent, unsettled to learn that she's pregnant, and startled after witnessing a murder while out clubbing with a friend; she hits the road again, and soon picks up a fellow alienated teen, Kevin (Lou Taylor Pucci), who bears the scars of a recent -- and very brutal -- beating. Personal Velocity: Three Portraits was honored with the Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 22, 2002


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Parker Posey Best Actress 2002 Nominee
Sundance Film Festival Ellen Kuras Excellence in Cinematography Award - Drama 2001 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Ellen Kuras Best Cinematography 2002 Nominee


John Ventimiglia
as Narrator
Kyra Sedgwick
as Delia
David Warshofsky
as Kurt
Brian Tarantina
as Pete
Mara Hobel
as Fay
Leo Fitzpatrick
as Mylert
Parker Posey
as Greta
Tim Guinee
as Lee
Wallace Shawn
as Mr. Gelb
Joel de la Fuente
as Thavi
Ron Liebman
as Avram
Josh Phillip Weinstein
as Oscar
Ben Shenkman
as Max
Fairuza Balk
as Paula
Lou Taylor Pucci
as Kevin
Seth Gilliam
as Vincent
David Patrick Kelly
as Peter
Patti D'Arbanville
as Celia
Christopher Fitzgerald
as Greg
Kaluska Poventud
as Maroushka
Quentin Mare
as Darius
Marceline Hugot
as Pam
Tim Hopper
as Mr, Brown, the Adventist
Dean Strange
as Norwegian Man
Susan Blommaert
as Mrs. Toron
Tony Osso
as Waiter
Brian Bell
as Playwright
Michi Barall
as Felicia Wong
Nicole Murphy
as May Wurtzle
Maria Elena Ramirez
as News Reporter
Ron Leibman
as Avram Herskovitz
Bill Burns
as Court Steps Reporter
Nick Cubbler
as John Wurtzle
Peter Galman
as Man in His 50's


Rebecca Miller
Alexis Alexanian
Gary Winick
Lemore Syvan
Rebecca Miller
Screen Story
Rebecca Miller
Book Author
Rebecca Miller
Martina Radwan
Ellen Kuras
Michael Rohatyn
Composer (Music Score)
Sabine Hoffman
Caroline Kaplan
Executive Producer
John Sloss
Executive Producer
Jonathan Sehring
Executive Producer
Heather Loeffler
Set Designer
Maus Drechsler
Set Designer
Marie Abma
Costume Designer
Carrie Fix
First Assistant Director
Dan Brillman
First Assistant Director
Cindy Tolan
Brian Vancho
Foley Walker
Gwen Bialic
Unit Production Manager
Toshiaki Ozawa
Additional Cinematography
Brian Bell
Line Producer
Tony Osso
Location Manager
Mariusz Glabinski
Sound Editor
Ira Spiegel
Sound Editor
Jenny Schweitzer
Line Producer
Douglas Crosby
Stunts Coordinator
Marlena Grzaslewicz
Sound Editor
Ryan Collison
Foley Recordist