Wild Rose–Mothers and Daughters with Impossible Choices
Wild Rose centers on a young single mother and ex-con who dreams of moving from Scotland to Nashville to become a country singer. This indie is currently in theaters
Rose-Lynn Harlan (newcomer Jessie Buckley) dreams of becoming a country music star, while grappling with
the regaining the trust of her two school-age children who have been cared for by her mother (the always remarkable Julie Walters) during her incarceration for drug dealing.
Why should she give up something she knows she is so good at? On the other hand, is success worth sacrificing her relationship with her children? This is the impossible, heartbreaking dilemma Rose finds herself in. And dividing her time between maternal responsibilities and personal is rife with obstacles as anyone knows in struggling with work/balance issues. She’s trapped between two worlds. the tax on working mothers that will always affect career choices.
Wild Rose is a powerful portrayal of the resentment that both Rose and her mother have endured in not following their own dreams. Her mother is the foundation that has provided the love and stability for Rose’s children when their mother could not. And the consistent disharmony and disconnect between mother and daughter is contextualized and nuanced, adding a searing dynamic of two women with unhealed wounds striving to be made whole.
Having to find employment fast as a condition of her parole, Rose’s mother, through a friend, finds a position for Rose as a “daily woman”, a housekeeper for a very wealthy family. Soon the employer becomes Rose’s benefactor (Sophie Okonedo), who generously supports her dream to go to Nashville. Rose is a small-town-girl with big-city dreams, a familiar narrative, but with some unexpected twists.
Wild Rose showcases relationships between women, both maternal and supportive, without power dynamics, but with a very strong sense of empathy. This film is a real original!