Wild Rose

There’s no shortage of star-is-born stories, but Wild Rose proves they can still be thoroughly entertaining — and marks its own transcendent moment for lead Jessie Buckley (known from Chernobyl).

This is the complicated story of Rose-Lynn, a woman on a quest to become a country music star, while also grappling with the responsibilities of being recently released from prison and a young mother of two children.

To its great credit, the movie turns left when you expect it to turn right, taking a route that is less well traveled, yet more plausible. – The Washington Post

Wild Rose is testament to how far Buckley has come; as Rose-Lynn, she gives a nuanced performance, balancing impertinent self-confidence with a cleverly judged level of doubt and vulnerability. Even when the storytelling becomes a little cloddish, it’s Buckley’s honesty that brings everything back to Earth.

Julie Walters is also on expected brilliant form as Rose-Lynn’s exasperated mother; the dynamic we see play out between Rose-Lynn and Marion is all too familiar but is no less well-done here, with the two actresses delivering magnificent performances.

Middle-class saviour Susannah is a little one note in comparison, but Sophie Okonedo approaches the role with enough conviction.

R | 1h 41min | Drama, Music | English subtitles