Velocity is a 90-minute trilogy, three separate stories by
writer/director Rebecca Miller, about three separate women, made by
women. If this is the way
women view themselves, God help us.
In the first
Delia (Kyra Sedgwick) is a terribly abused wife and mother who flees
from her husband in the middle of the night and takes their three
children with her. Miller
has made her such an ungrateful, hard woman, that itís extremely
difficult to find her sympathetic.
second, Greta (Parker Posey) is a gorgeous sexual sociopath.
Sheís an editor who finds quick success and loses respect for
her writer-husband who hasnít yet achieved the same level of
success. These people are
in their late Ď20s, and sheís so impatient? It contains an egregious time error. She confesses to be 27 and in a flashback 10 years earlier we
are expected to believe that sheís had something accepted for
publication by Harvard Law School.
Unless she was a prodigy, at 17 she would be, at best, a
freshman in college. And
Harvard Law wants to publish her?
In the third
Paula (Fairuze Balik) is a runaway who finds herself pregnant and
running away from her boy friend when she picks up a hitchhiker and
finds her maternal instinct. Of
all three, Paula is the most sympathetic, but sheís so screwed up
and unhappy, one really doesnít care.
from these negative stories is the cinematography of Ellen Kuras.
The film is marred by extreme close-ups, jumpy handheld cameras
and insertions of still photography to show action, like it was a Ken
Burns documentary about an era when there were no motion pictures.
to determine which is the most despicable story.
I found the first particularly offensive because abused mothers
are in a terrible position. Generally
they are economic prisoners of their abuser.
If they leave, they have no financial support for themselves
and their children. So
creator Miller chooses to show a woman who is almost totally
shows no appreciation for the people who go out of their way to help
her. Indeed, she goes out
of her way to be ungrateful and offensive to them.
Since this is a terrible societal problem this would have been
a wonderful opportunity to choose an empathetic subject to show the
problems these women face, instead of showing her to be so unpitying.
second, Greta has absolutely no loyalty to her loving and devoted
husband, even though weíre told she loves him dearly.
Are we to determine that marital vows and faithfulness have no
meaning to women, that if a professional woman is more successful than
her professional husband thatís a good and valid reason to cheat on
him and abandon him? Apparently
thatís what Miller believes, because thatís the moral of this
This is a
contemptible, low class film about low class, selfish people.
While itís interesting to consider that people do live these
kinds of lives, I canít imagine that anyone would find this film