Personal Velocity (2002) 720p

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Genres:
Drama | Romance
Resolution:
1280*694
Size:
792.81M
Quality:
720p
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
Language:
English 2.0  
Run Time:
86 min
IMDB Rating:
6.5 / 10 
MPR:
R
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Downloaded:
526
Seeds:
20
Peers:
12
Directors: Rebecca Miller [Director] ,


Movie Description:
A tale of three women who have reached a turning point in their lives. Delia is a spirited, working-class woman from a small town in New York who leaves her abusive husband and sets out on a journey to reclaim the power she has lost. Greta is a sharp, spunky editor who is rotten with ambition. To spite the hated infidel ways of her father, she has settled into a complacent relationship and is struggling (not too hard) with issues of fidelity to her kind but unexciting husband. Finally Paula, who ran away from home and got pregnant, is now in a relationship she doesn't want. She's a troubled young woman who takes off on a journey with a hitchhiker after a strange, fateful encounter on a New York street.

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Reviews

Reasons I couldn't watch for 10 minutes

Closeup- Beth in Car Door Window-Door handle opening as someone gets in-Closeup of his handsome face--Beth: Can you excuse me, I have to stop for donuts. Closeup of Shop Door, Beth walking in then ignition key turning as hitch hiker moves her car. Beth looks away. Beth: Hurry with that couple of dozen, I'm pregnant. She carries the donut box out, gets into the car. The Hitch Hiker's hand grabs a donut from the box, Closeup of a donut hole. His mouth munches one down. Cut to Rain falling on car back window, steam rising and groans from within while he makes out with her. Later, interior, apartment, Beth's hand is seen picking up a script. The cover page reads, "Never use close camera angles or other devices so often it makes the viewer lose interest in the characters and story. Try to film a movie the way you'd like a live audience to watch it. Grade F, see me. Professor Hollywood Hack."

A movie with almost no hope...And it's boring

Maybe I missed something but I just didn't enjoy or even appreciate this super low budget movie. I give it some credit for it's realism and brining out the dark and harsh areas of people. But besides that I was just bored and irritated by almost all the characters. And the 3 different stories, which goes from sympathetic, sleazy and despicable to obstinate and disdain. So despite the emotions I had for each scenarios, I wasn't absorbed into this flick and just found it boring. It really does bring out the smugness of how some people treat each other and the inner conscience and being with their longing and ambitions. Parker Posey is good at playing these types of character, it sure showed in "Price Check". The whole movie is dis-likable characters taking life for granted. While others try to pick themselves up but not showing much of that area in this flick. Overall it's just a depressing, dull and boring super low budget flick. Maybe I missed something, but I just didn't like this movie.

3.3/10

Intense and redeeming enough to overcome the awkward fliming and editing

Personal Velocity (2002)

Literally three short movies that have a similar sense of crisis for the leading woman, but which set up mostly contrasts and comparisons. It's dramatic, interesting, sometimes difficult emotional stuff. The intentions are superb, and the acting focused and believable. In all, as a low-budget indie production, this has seriousness and depth.

It also is awkward enough in its filming to keep it from quite taking off, or letting you get fully absorbed. At first the very simple (and often imperfect) camera-work seems like smart stylizing, but then it's clear it's also an issue of making do with limitations. There are even moments that shift to a series of still frames in sequence, which feels like artistic invention until you realize it's not really contributing to the larger feeling of things.

This isn't quite a nitpick, but it does counterbalance the rawness of the acting, rather than enhance it.

The three stories are similar in the sense the woman are forced to survive in relationships, and in worlds, that are often hostile and confusing. And what's great is how they all do, in fact survive. As bad, or as uncertain, as their lives get, there is finally that pulling up by the bootstraps and realizing that better things are possible.

You'll hardly think this is the case in the first of the three stories, as the leading woman is portrayed as very strong and yet brutally weaker than her crazed husband. This shift is so shocking it might make some viewers quit the movie. But there is redemption even in this story. And in the second story, which is partly about greed and ambition, the tone changes dramatically, moving from a very poor to a very rich situation. The third story crosses other lines and solidifies the larger intention of the movie as a set of comparable, if unrelated, scenarios.

It's good stuff, and you want mostly to see the director (and screenwriter) Rebecca Miller (who also did "Regarding Henry") continue to make really interesting movies.
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