* * * ½
(Poignant tale of Scottish country singer)
Jesse Buckley plays Rose-Lynn Harlan, the aspiring country singer from, of all places, a working class neighborhood in Glasgow, Scotland.
Our wild Rose has a few strikes against her. She has two young children and has just been released from prison. Her mom (Julie Walters) has been caring for the kids and is getting frustrated with her daughter's detachment from her responsibilities.
Rose sings in Glasgow's own version of the Grand Ole Opry but can't perform at night due to her probation.She gets a job as a housekeeper for a wealthy woman who has faith in her and tries to help her raise money to go to Nashville.
If you are expecting another version of "A Star is Born,” you'll get one, but with a different twist. Rose does get to Nashville, and her adventure is both poignant and uplifting.
Rose is not a very good mother, relying on her mother and neighbors to watch the kids while she tries to fulfill her dream.
"Wild Rose" approaches the genre from a different perspective, showing a flawed woman who can't see beyond her dream and finally learns to grow up. It will pull at your heartstrings.
Buckley does her own singing, and she is very good. There's lots of country music, both sung by Buckley and in the background. If only they had sub-titles for the thick Scottish accents!
At the Avon, which continues to be the home of the only decent movies this summer. Rated R, with some profanity.