Jessie Buckley, last seen on our screens in Beast, proves that she's got more strings to her bow than just acting, in this heart-warming story a young Glaswegian desperate to make it as a country star in Nashville. Buckley, who does all her own singing, delivers a fierce performance as Rose-Lynn, in this story about following your dreams, even if they lead you somewhere unexpected.
Rose-Lynn Harlan (Buckley) has wanted to be a country music star for as long as anyone can remember. But Glasgow isn't exactly Nashville, and, as a convicted criminal and single mother of two young children, Rose-Lynn's life is more like a heartbreaking country song than a hit single. Just released from prison, forced to wear an ankle monitor and keep curfew, she can't return to her job as the house-band singer at Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry. Sporting her white cowboy hat and white leather cowboy boots, Rose-Lynn lands a new job as a housekeeper for the lovely, and very posh, Susannah (Sophie Okonedo). After catching her singing on the job, Susannah's kids quickly become Rose-Lynn's biggest fans and Susannah her enthusiastic patron, determined to help her get to Nashville. But Rose-Lynn's dreams come at a cost. Her mother (Julie Walters), who knows all about abandoning dreams, has always done what she can to help her daughter realise hers, but she also wants her to take responsibility and act like the grown-up that her family need her to be.
With a confident hand, director Tom Harper (War and Peace) brings Nicole Taylor's beautiful, textured script, full of authentic characters and unexpected turns, to life. It might be charting familiar territory but there is so much to enjoy in terms of Glasgow locations, toe-tapping tunes and of course, a story that reminds us that taking responsibility doesn't have to mean giving up hope or our ambitions.
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