Wild Rose Movie Ending Explained (In Detail)

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With Tom Harper’s indie drama WILD ROSE The “The Aeronauts” director follows in the footsteps of “A Star is Born”. His story about a country singer who goes astray impresses with anarchy, sincerity and a masterful leading actress. We reveal more about this in our review.

Rose-Lynn has been performing regularly in Glasgow since she was a teenager.

The plot summary

Rose-Lynne Harlan (Jessie Buckley) has just been released from a year in prison when her first trip takes her to a rundown country pub. She sang here with her band before her prison stay. Nowadays, however, people no longer want to see them here. So she visits her mother Marion (Julie Walters), who was looking after Rose-Lynne’s children during this time. The young mother has a conflicted relationship with them because they have never visited her in prison. The unconventional family – mother, mother and the two children – first have to carefully get closer to each other again, but that doesn’t stop the gifted singer from making things as difficult as possible for them. Chasing the dream of becoming a successful artist, she continually alienates her children by only listening to her own needs. One day she meets the well-off Susannah (Sophie Okonedo) while doing a cleaning job. She becomes aware of Rose-Lynne’s talent and tries to push her career…

Wild Rose Movie Meaning & ending

The ingredients that screenwriter Nicole Taylor (“Three Girls – Why Nobody Believes Us?”) mixes together for her feature debut “Wild Rose” don’t actually directly indicate that what you’re dealing with is an extraordinary, even innovative film . Stories about the rise, fall and re-rise of artists are a dime a dozen. Currently, various true stories ( “Bohemian Rhapsody , ” “Rocketman,” etc.) are being adapted for the big screen because the Queen biopic last year became one of the biggest surprise successes in recent cinema history. And then there is the new edition of “A Star is Born” , which does not have an optimistic tone at all, but ultimately “only” tells about the dream of a singer who (at least) ends up with a great career is paid. Tom Harper’s “Wild Rose” could go under the radar with such competition, but it deserves at least as much consideration as all the productions just mentioned, because it is a fictional biopic about a country singer who is both egomaniacal and self-sacrificing, torn between her private life and the dream of a music career is full of life and thrills with a leading actress who you definitely want to see more of after “Wild Rose”.

Rose-Lynn’s mother Marion (Julie Walters) doesn’t think much of her daughter’s (Jessie Buckley) singing career.

Jessie Buckley has so far mainly attracted attention in series. She was most recently seen in the acclaimed HBO production “Chernobyl” and played the role of Lyudmilla Ignatenko. In “Wild Rose”, however, she has the opportunity for the first time to take over the scenery at every second of her appearance – and this also applies in the literal sense. And so she not only outshines everything and everyone during her powerful vocal performances, but also gives “Wild Rose” an incredible dynamic outside of it. However, the character she embodies, Rose-Lynne, doesn’t make things easy for her audience. We get to know the young woman as a cold-snout and, for a long time, very self-centered person who is also willing to neglect her relationship with her children for the sake of her career. The fact that she receives significantly more affection from the audience, who cheer her enthusiastically after the performances, than she initially receives from her family, is revealed bit by bit and gradually turns Rose-Lynne into a round figure caught between two chairs, who ultimately only wants to please everyone and is in danger of forgetting themselves. This becomes particularly clear in one scene near the end. Of course we don’t want to reveal this in advance, but the way Rose-Lynne’s mother finally tells her daughter exactly what we’ve been suspecting all along moves both Rose-Lynne and the audience to tears.

In terms of staging, director Tom Harper (“The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death”) is always very close to Rose-Lynne, who can be seen in almost every scene. He adapts the pace and dynamics of the tracking shots (George Steel, “Robin Hood” ) to the state of mind of his protagonist, who sometimes stalks like a fury through the fucked up cheap residential area in Glasgow, when she would actually much rather be in Nashville again, completely uninhibited, dancing around her employer’s room to country pop songs and occasionally exchanging affectionate feelings with her children. The main character presented here is so contradictory that we could very well imagine that at the end of the film we would find enough viewers who would simply find Rose-Lynne an absolute unlikable person. But with his film, Tom Harper ultimately hardly takes sides with the protagonist herself, but rather with seizing his own life and pulling himself out of the morass. And it is precisely this message that is best achieved with an ambivalent identification figure – precisely because not everything in life is black and white.

Conclusion: The story of an aspiring musician who does everything she can to finally achieve success is not a new one. But Tom Harper gives his main character enough rough edges that in “Wild Rose” you seem to experience a story like this from a completely new side. And Jessie Buckley alone is worth the movie ticket.

“Wild Rose” can be seen in selected USA cinemas from December 12th.

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