The winner of Sundance’s Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, Personal Velocity is a compilation of three stories that each have to do with a woman at an emotional crossroads of some sort. The film stars Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey, and Fairuza Balk (in that order). It is Rebecca Miller’s follow up to Angela and each story flushes out its characters with an attention to detail that seems more common in literature than in film (Miller got her BA in painting and literature). That said, there were no great payoffs and the decision to shoot on digital video made it a rather flat visual experience. As the film was picked up by United Artists, it will probably be transferred to 35mm and maybe that will add some warmth to the otherwise cold and hazy hue it had when projected at Sundance via high def projectors.
published January 22, 2002