WILD ROSE

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★★★★★

(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

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