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Her story touched the hearts of millions: Waris Dirie's book DESERT FLOWER, which recounts her incredible journey from an African nomad to an international top model, became a worldwide bestseller with more than 11 million copies sold. This is the inspiring story of an extraordinary, proud and brave woman. Director and screenwriter Sherry Hormann (FATHER'S DAY) and producer and Oscar winner Peter Herrmann (NOWHERE IN AFRICA) have adapted Dirie's autobiography for the screen: a modern fairy tale of dazzling glamour and archaic rituals, full of vitality, emotional depth and enormous compassion. Top model and actress Liya Kebede shines in the main role alongside an ensemble of brilliant actors including Silver Bear and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins (HAPPY-GO-LUCKY), Timothy Spall (HARRY POTTER, SECRETS AND LIES), Craig Parkinson (CONTROL), Juliet Stevensen (BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM), Anthony Mackie (THE HURT LOCKER, 8 MILE) and Meera Syal (SCOOP). DESERT FLOWER is produced by Peter Hermann with Benjamin Hermann and Danny Krausz serving as co-producers. The cinematographer is Ken Kelsch, and the editor is Clara Fabry.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 18
- Fresh: 9
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Desert Flower," a well-made film that depicts the remarkable life of the model Waris Dirie, manages to be both a classic feel-good story and about as far from a feel-good story as you can get.
Fresh: A lovely performance by Ethiopian supermodel-actress Liya Kebede as supermodel-activist Waris Dirie works wonders to elevate this uneven, occasionally awkward but often absorbing film.
Rotten: The broad comedy clashes with the movie's final message.
Rotten: Good idea, mediocre presentation.
This film was powerful, touching and inspiring. Waris dalie went through extreme hardship and yet came out at the top- top model and leading voice against female circumcision. It was beautiful to see her journey and I feel empowered to be a woman and also to speak out against this terrible circumcision in africa. How awful yet she was one of the first to speak out against it. Powerful. Everyone (age appropriate) should see this film. It stunned me.
Two things; there are two disturbing scenes. I won't say what it was because I don't want to ruin it but if you are sensitive like me you may want to close your eyes or fast forward.
Powerful and Inspiring
This movie was well written and inspiring. It showed the entire journey of Waris from Africa as a seemingly helpless child to an adult who blossoms and makes a successful career for herself in Europe. As I watched the movie I was always interested in what will happen next and felt for her as she faces her trials. And though Waris gains success she still had one thing that she saw fit for her to do as one who has a face and voice in magazines. I love the fact that she has become the voice of so many innocent girls around the world who are victimized.
The theme of the movie was not too heavy and it was presented well. And the end of the movie really took my breath away and made me emotional. It was like she finally was able to tell the world about her story and how she feels about it.
Liya was a great actress she became Waris in the movie. And the supporting role done by Sally was good too. The movie was written realistically. Some movies paint a picture of how the world is filled with many nice and perfect people who are willing to help a person in need. And life is certainly not like that. In the movie it showed how people really treat one another and how they can be mean and thoughtless.
LOVELY MOVIE. IT IS A MUST SEE FOR EVERYONE. GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SENSITIVE SIDE.