Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (2012)
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Wish Me Away is most revealing when it counters Nashville's manufactured intimacy with an insider's hard-won honesty.
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Much like the image of Wright presented by the movie itself, "Wish Me Away" is graceful, sincere and heartfelt.
The inspiring story of Chely Wright, the first major country singer to come out as gay.
By the end you may not be a fan of her music, but it's hard not to root for her rebirth.
Audience Reviews for Chely Wright: Wish Me Away
Lovely, inspiring, tear-jerking documentary about Wright's well-planned coming out, showing her extreme fear and vulnerability and courage. A great film about why coming out is so important and also so hard for some people, especially those from religious backgrounds. Wonderful, graceful, sincere.
Chely Wright is the first American country music star to come out as gay. I'm not a fan of country music, and I had never heard of Chely Wright until I saw this film. What emerges from the film is a portrait of Wright that is inspiring and positive. She seems like a genuine person and a good role model of GLBT youngsters. However, when she begins working with image coaches and turning her coming out into a media event, I found myself less sympathetic to her struggles. I understand her counter-argument -- that coordinating a media spectacle allows her to do the most good for others in her situation -- but I nevertheless wasn't pleased that what I was seeing was such a carefully designed product. Overall, I found the film well-made, and by the end I liked Wright, but that's about all the film asked of me.
My only real issue, is that she isn't the first country singer to come out.. K.D Lang still counts. However, this isn't the main issue with the film, so doesn't matter.. I knew nothing about her before watching, but still found her story interesting and heartfelt.
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