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TIFF Review: ‘Wild Rose’

September 8, 2018Sherry Li

From director Tom Harper, Wild Rose is a heartbreakingly honest and beautiful film about a young Glasgow woman who dreams about becoming a country singer and moving to Nashville.

Rose-Lynn (Jessie Buckley) is just trying to get back onto her feet after winding up in jail. She's got an ankle monitor, which prevents her from performing at her old gig at night, two kids she's struggling to connect with after being away, and a new job cleaning for Susannah (Sophie Okonedo). Rose-Lynn is so focused on her dreams, in fact, that she sometimes loses sight of the rest of her life, causing her mother (Julie Walters) to have to step in and take responsibility. However, Rose-Lynn is nothing if not driven to follow her dreams, and with Susannah's help, she might just find her way to Nashville.

Jessie Buckley gives a fantastic performance as Rose-Lynn, and the audience will be quick to connect to her and as she grows and finds her way. The character is far from perfect, but Buckley brings a vulnerability and genuineness to her that makes Rose-Lynn so easy to root for. Wild Rose is also a fantastic film for country music fans, featuring a great soundtrack and creative direction, not to mention solid performances from the entire cast.

Wild Rose makes its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 41 min.

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