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Desert Flower Reviews

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½ April 26, 2016
In the hands of a good director this would have made an amazing movie. But sadly enough this movie doesn't deserve it's subject.
March 10, 2016
This is a solid movie with a deeply upsetting and important but disturbing story. Even more so cuz its true. I'd recommend this to everybody just for its story. Women especially.
½ December 12, 2015
Dull, overlong and suffering from tonal shifts, this may be the worst film i've ever seen and no amount of fine perfomances can save it.
July 23, 2015
Wau, tositapahtumiin pohjautuva elokuva somalialaisen naisen tiestä aavikolta huippumalliksi ja naisten oikeuksien puolustajaksi. Suosittelen katsomaan. :) (Suom. Aavikon kukka)
½ April 7, 2015
Gets the message across, although it would have been better as a documentary.
½ August 21, 2014
I didn't know how Somali girls were until now really. Not bad, but still hard hitting and long
May 8, 2014
A movie about a controversial issue. However, it was predictable.
March 3, 2014
Moving film about the plight of women in third world countries and a young girl who fought her fate to make herself a name in the West, and used her fame as a platform to fight against the mutilation she had suffered, from which she wished to protect further generations. A worthy film.
December 30, 2013
Comove pela história de superação e pela forte denúncia feita contra o ritual da circuncisão feminina. Entretanto, peca pelo desenvolvimento superficial de certos acontecimentos da vida de Waris, sendo que os conflitos desta perante às novas culturas poderiam ser melhor trabalhados. Mas em geral, a força da história e de sua bela protagonista garantem uma interessante sessão.
½ November 25, 2013
A young girl escaping the poverty and horrors of her life in Africa becomes a top model barely before she has had time to learn the language. An amazing story that needs little else but to be told. The film does just that and gives us something compelling, moving and vitally relevant.
½ November 22, 2013
This was a pretty good movie. I had no idea that a practice like female circumcision was occurring, and still does in some regions. It's really quite sad that certain cultures do not see the affect that this has on its women. A really powerful movie, that in some ways could have been more powerful. A lot of attention was paid to her struggles with her modelling career, and that kind of drew the attention off of the main subject matter.
½ October 26, 2013
A highly disturbing film about the horrors done to women in Somalia. A film that is warm and serious at the same time. And Liya Kebede is one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen.
½ September 26, 2013
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½ September 3, 2013
Worth persisting with but the child circumcision scene made me join an online discussion forum to see if the child actress is ok. She was clearly not acting and genuinely terrified. A film about morality should not use anyone to make a point. Couldn't get a answer to my question.
July 27, 2013
Nice movie, but feels like the movie was just some 'facts' that had to be 'enclosed' within the movie (w.r.t to the book). Plus having read a bit on about circumcision, feels like this movie might be not just impartial, but bigoted. Nonetheless, I verdict to it a 3point2.
March 5, 2013
Cudowny, refleksyjny, zabawny, smutny, zdumiewaj?cy, prawdziwy, motywuj?cy, wzruszaj?cy film
½ January 4, 2013
Crazy story and pleasant to watch.
Super Reviewer
November 3, 2012
Desert Flower is a great biopic film that aims for a specific message, and delivers that message powerfully and to great effect. The tale it seeks to lay out works on a number of levels. From a rags to riches story, it succeeds, with very moving and well integrated flashbacks, contrasted with a much different, though still quite flawed, modern day London. Where the film really makes an impact, however, is with the horrendous, but all to believable, subject of female genital mutilation. This is handled with grace, the film doesn't hit you over the head with how terrible it is, but instead chooses to go the more subtle route, not showing its hand until we care enough about the character and her journey to really feel impacted.

Though the film does occasionally stumble on tone, the script is largely well done, and so is the direction and composition, one that straddles the line between the different themes fairly well. It's also acted impressively, with Liya Kebede delivering a strong performance.

Though the ending may come across as a bit conventional and too direct, the film never loses its heart, and conveys what it seeks to in an effective manner, making it a strong and memorable drama.

4/5 Stars
½ November 2, 2012
Great movie...based on a true story!! It is based on a young African woman who was born in Somalia and experienced genital mutilation when she was three years old, she ends up leaving her native country to move to London where she experiences hardships, but later becomes a top model!
½ October 28, 2012
El libro esta mucho mucho mejor
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