In a bygone era, drug addled users could score in Union Square; now the health-minded can cop organic kale and cucumbers in a caravan of farm stands. Deftly bringing both the edgy past and cleaned up present together with humor and heart, Nancy Savoca’s new movie, Union Square, features a stunning performance by Mira Sorvino as Lucy, a ditsy but damaged woman who when first glimpsed is bargain shopping at Filene’s and cursing out her lover on a cellphone.
The Best Supporting Oscar winner for Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite, Mira Sorvino here demonstrates she deserves a second. Lucy, in spirit, is not far from the sweet prostitute she played in Woody Allen’s comedy. You like Lucy, but, as with any pill popper, you don’t know what she’ll do next. Dressed like a tart, over the top and not just in her high heels, she barges into her sister Jenny’s off-Union Square loft apartment exclaiming, Erase the past and let’s start all over. Oh that family issues could so easily fade!