Three women are each trying to escape from men who confine their personal freedom. Delia (Kyra Sedgwick) is a tough young woman in an abusive relationship with her husband (David Warshofsky) and decides to leave him and take their three children to start afresh; Greta (Parker Posey) is a cookbook editor who is in love with her devoted husband Lee (Tim Guinee), but whose ambition leads her to infidelity; Paula (Fairuza Balk) is a troubled 21 year old who is running away after a near-death experience. She picks up a hitchhiker, Kevin (Lou Taylor Pucci), and when she discovers he has been badly beaten, he helps her to discover herself.
 

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Three women\'s escapes from their afflicted lives.

Personal Velocity is three portraits adapted from a book of short stories by Rebecca Miller, daughter of the playwright Arthur Miller. The first of the portraits in this independent digital feature stars Kyra Sedgewick as Delia, a battered wife. Delia escapes from Catskill and her abusive husband with her three kids when her sense of her kid\'s pain overwhelms the fact that she loves him. Delia was the school slut, she lost her virginity at 12, married Curt at 17 because he wanted exclusivity to her fantastic bottom. When he realised she actually loved him, he began to despise her. Then there\'s Greta, Parker Posey, the daughter of a famous lawyer, played by Ron Liebman. She lives in New York with her safe husband, a fact-finder. Greta edits cookbooks until she\'s given the chance to edit the new work of a hot young novelist. Greta havers between her ambition and her safe husband, playing with infidelity and with the image of herself as a success. The third and least successful story stars Fairuza Balk as Paula, a woman who narrowly escapes death and decides it has to mean something. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in Sundance last year and also winner of the Excellence in cinematography award Personal Velocity is a film that riffs on women\'s lives in a way that is insightful without being very emotionally involving. Perhaps the most successful of the stories is Greta\'s because Miller is familiar with the literary scene in New York, and she is one daughter who would know what it\'s like dealing with a famous father. And Parker Posey is terrific. The film has a male narrator and opts for freeze frames at moments of particular angst which are strangely effective. I liked this film without wholeheartedly embracing it.Comments By David StrattonDon\'t get me started on the evils of Dogme again. Three potentially interesting portraits of women - pity about the amateurish visuals.

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