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It’s time to get on board the Jessie Buckley train. The Irish singer and actress—already famous in the UK for a successful showing on a BBC talent show and appearances in West End musicals—has been in a handful of movies and TV shows, notably the Isle of Jersey-set thriller Beast and supporting roles in the shows Chernobyl and Taboo.

Buckley deserves to blow up in a major way with Wild Rose, which is not only her best acting role but also the first real opportunity American audiences have had to hear her sing.

She plays Rose-Lynn, an aspiring, gifted country singer who’s stuck in hard-knuckle Glasgow—half a world away from Nashville. She desperately wants to make it, but whoever heard of a Scottish country singer? Rose-Lynn has other problems, too: She’s just finished a year in prison and is tied down by two young children she’s not particularly equipped to raise.

With terrific supporting performances by Julie Walters as Rose-Lynn’s long-suffering mother and Sophie Okonedo as an affluent woman who wants to back the singer’s rise to stardom, Wild Rose is nonetheless a showcase for Buckley’s explosive talents. The movie opens with her absolutely nailing Primal Scream’s “Country Girl,” and she only gets better from there.

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There’s been a recent rash of movies about women singers, from A Star Is Born to Vox Lux to Teen Spirit to Her Smell, and Wild Rose could easily get lost in that shuffle. Let’s hope it doesn’t. Buckley is a not-to-be-missed talent, and in Wild Rose she positively singes holes in the screen.


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