Union Square might have a low budget but its talent level is high. Director Nancy Savoca’s movie is a kinetic and sharp look at the strange bonds of family. Mira Sorvino leads the wonderful cast with her superb performance.
Union Square takes the viewers’ attention right from the start and moves towards the third act with consistency. Sorvino is Lucy, a mouthy Bronx girl who meets up with her estranged sister Jenny (Tammy Blachard). Jenny lives in Manhattan’s Union Square with her organic food purveyor fiancé, played by Mike Doyle.
Lucy is loud, flashy and outspoken. Jenny on the other hand is disciplined and reserved. After Lucy breaks up with her fling, she invites herself over to her sister’s apartment. This leads to the reunion of the two sisters after not seeing each other for three years.
Lucy tells Jenny that they have to forget everything in the past but that’s easier said than done. Savoca and co-writer Mary Tobler slowly reveal the sisters’ secrets that lead to funny moments, especially when it comes to the truth behind their troubled mother (played by Patti LuPone). Jenny finds herself trying to reconcile the reality of her sister with the lies she said to her fiancé about her family.
Union Square can be made into a one-act play. Most of the movie is set in Jenny and Bill’s apartment. Savoca takes the characters to the street to avoid becoming monotony. She does it well and keeps the scenes interesting.
It has a slow pace but Sorvino and Blanchard makes Union Square compelling enough. While Lucy suddenly burst into Jenny’s life, there’s no doubt about who they are to each other. The movie viewers know at once that the two are sisters who have become estranged for some unknown reasons, which are slowly revealed throughout the movie.