(15) MUSIC and motherhood create spiky discord in this honest, raucous and irrepressible British musical drama. It’s as full of heartache and hardship as the foot-tapping country tunes that power the story.
Irish actress Jessie Buckley won renown last year for her riveting big-screen debut in the terrific thriller Beast, and here she’s staggeringly great as Rose-Lynn, a Glaswegian sweary single mum who aspires to singing stardom in Nashville.
No retiring wallflower, Rose is immature and untamed as she struggles with the harsh truths of choosing between her kids and her dreams, but her passion and vulnerability make us root for her.
She’s the thorn in the side of her put-upon mother, Julie Walters, who gives her most affecting performance in years as she copes with her daughter’s constant chaos.
The grandchilden are generally unimpressed by the adults, except when Buckley’s extraordinary voice belts out her own compositions as she demonstrates why this Rose is blooming marvellous.
Jessie Buckley as RoseLynn Harlan, left, and Julie Walters as Marion, above