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Wild Rose

A young Scottish singer, Rose-Lynn Harlan, dreams of making it as a country artist in Nashville after being released from prison.

"In Wild Rose, Jessie Buckley (a tremendous actress with a set of pipes that can sing just about anything) plays Rose-Lynn, a brazen young ne’er-do-well from Glasgow who is fixated on becoming a country singer. When she gets up on stage at a local pub and lets loose, time melts away, and so does every trace of her Scottishness. She becomes country, and her gift is transporting. Yet Rose-Lynn is also a spectacular screw-up. For a solid hour, Wild Rose seduces you into thinking it’s going to be exactly the sort of cheeky inspirational fairy tale that it turns out not to be. The neat trick is that the film seems to grow up before your eyes and find its glimmer of soul right along with its eager, talented, messed-up heroine.

As the film opens, Rose-Lynn gets released from prison, where she’s just served a year on a drug charge, and the first thing she does, after having her electronic ankle bracelet snapped on, is to go over to her boyfriend’s house for a post-incarceration bonk. It almost seems an afterthought when she swings by her mum’s place to have dinner with her own two kids, who are five and eight years old. Rose-Lynn gave birth to both before she was 18, and it’s shocking to see how little heed she pays them. She’s too selfish for motherhood. She’s too selfish to take responsibility for anything she’s done. Yet despite this gaping hole inside her, Wild Rose sweeps you up in the narcissistic charge of Rose-Lynn’s personality – her ebullient self-directed chatter, her obsession with singing.

Wild Rose tells a richly stirring human story, but by the time the movie reaches its final number, which Buckley performs with an incandescent star-is-born glow, it lets you experience what the glory of country music really is: an art torn straight from life itself. A happy-sad drama of starstruck fever, Wild Rose lifts you up and sweeps you along, touching you down in a puddle of well-earned tears." - Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"With a voice of fire and stardust, Buckley sings of shiny hopes, hidden heartaches and rawest revelations, creating a journey that's heartwarming, pulse racing and toe-tapping." - Kristy Puchko, Riot Material

"A melancholy ballad about country music that's set to make lead actress Jessie Buckley a star." - Marisa Carpico, The Pop Break

Directed by: 
Tom Harper
Running Time: 
101m
Country(ies): 
UK
Year: 
2019
Language: 
English
Starring: 
Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, Jane Patterson
Screenplay by: 
Nicole Taylor
Rated: 
14A

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