Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 2002.  Blue Magic Pictures, Goldheart Pictures, IFC Productions, InDigEnt.  Screenplay by Rebecca Miller, based on her book.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Rebecca Miller adapts two of her short stories into three character studies shot on digital video.   stars as a poor mother who leaves her abusive husband and goes to live with an old high school friend while trying to decide what to do with her life.  plays a Manhattan editor whose opportunities to advance in her career reveal her bored frustration with her annoyingly perfect boyfriend ().   plays a young girl who visits her mother after a traumatic accident befalls her, picking up an abused boy along the way and trying to help him. The third story was the only one originally written for the screen and is by far the weakest, but even the other two never really get anything very juicy out of their narratives, with Miller’s take on Sedgwick’s character a patronizing study and Parker’s a bit too cold. The acting is pristine, but the photography is ugly and only emphasizes the flatness of the experience.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2002

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