Run time: 100 mins
Jessie Buckley is magnetic as a narcissistic Glaswegian country singer dreaming of Nashville
Following a phenomenal performance in Beast, Buckley next embodies a mouthy heroine (Rose-Lynn) who has just finished a 12-month stint in prison. As she leaves, a fellow inmate shouts “you’re gonna be the next Dolly Parton”. Hiding an ankle tag under white cowboy boots, her first stop is to hook up with an on-off boyfriend before heading home. There we find her mother, (excellent Julie Walters) who has been looking after Rose-Lynn’s children for the past year. Tension fuels their mother-daughter relationship, as Rose-Lynn struggles to commit to her own responsibilities as a mother in her 20s. As she toes the line between self-love and selfishness, the film explores how having a passion for something outside of motherhood can cause a moral conundrum. This is one Rose-Lynn mostly disregards, however, almost solely focused on achieving her musical goals. Finding work, her new employer (Sophie Okonedo) is fascinated after hearing her sing, so decides to help Rose-Lynn make it to Nashville. Wild Rose is not a cliched fairy tale, but a much grittier and nuanced journey of self-discovery. (research Rachel Williams) And Glasgow and the music are fab. You daren’t miss it.