We all have dreams. But often times, dreams clash with the real world, especially when our responsibilities come knocking.
In the new movie,Wild Rose, Rose-Lynn (Jessie Buckley) has just been released from prison. Her dream is to become a country music star. But the bubble of the dream is quickly burst. Her mother, Marion (Julie Walters) has been taking care of her grandchildren during her daughter’s incarceration and insists that Rose-Lynn be the parent her kids need her to be.
To bring in income, Rose-Lynn is hired by Susannah (Sophie Okonedo) as a cleaning lady. Susannah discover’s Rose-Lynn’s talent and encourages her to go for the dream. But while Rose-Lynn is chasing her dream, she must also take care of her kids.
Can she do both or must her dream be sacrificed for her children?
This movie is brilliant. The narrative speaks to all us who have dreams, but must also face the reality of our responsibilities. As the title character, Buckley is flawed, human, but also very real. As her mother, Walters just wants what is best for her daughter and grandchildren, even if that means putting aside the dream for reality. As Susannah, Okonedo is the character who encourages Rose-Lynn to go for it. If only those of us with dreams had someone like that in our corner.
In addition to acting, Buckley is doing her own singing, adding another level of reality to her performance. I knew her from her previous roles as a good actress, but it was her singing that blew me away.
History and change sometimes happens when we least expect it. When we are comfortable with our lives and our surroundings, change often happens.
The new miniseries Indian Summers is about change and how that change affects all of us. It is the story of two different families, one Indian, one British. Set in the early 1930’s as the British empire is slowly receding into history, the miniseries takes the audience back to a time when the British were fighting to hold onto a world and an empire that was slowly dying.
Ralph Whelan (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) works for the British Viceroy. His sister, Alice (Jemima West) has just arrived in India with her young son to escape a less than stellar marriage. Aafrin Dalal (Nikesh Patel) is one of Ralph’s employees. He lives with his Indian family, trying to balance his loyalty to the government while dealing with the rumblings of independence that is slowly working its way through the country. They are all brought together by Cynthia Coffin (Julie Walters) who runs the social club run that many of the British and American ex-pats are members of.
I found the first episode to be interesting. Set at the intersection of history when the world is going to change, some very difficult questions are coming up to the surface which, as well know, have the potential to turn violent. While the cast is nothing but stellar, I found the first episode to be a little slow.
Do I recommend it? If you are a fan of Masterpiece and/or you are a student of history, I would say yes. Otherwise I might recommend to skip it.