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  • Summary: When, at the age of 13, Waris Dirie discovers that her father has decided to marry her off as the fourth wife to a considerable older man, the young girl realizes that she has no choice but to flee. In the middle of the night, she steal s away from the desert camp of her nomadic family andWhen, at the age of 13, Waris Dirie discovers that her father has decided to marry her off as the fourth wife to a considerable older man, the young girl realizes that she has no choice but to flee. In the middle of the night, she steal s away from the desert camp of her nomadic family and makes her way through rocky Somali desert to Mogadishu, where she finds her aunt and grandmother in the chaotic bustle of the Somali Capital. (National Geographic Entertainment) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 31, 2011
    63
    Desert Flower tells a rags-to-riches story, but it plays like two stories in conflict. Everything involving Waris in Africa or in London before her success feels true and heartfelt. Many later details are badly handled.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Mar 15, 2011
    60
    Luckily, her cast makes up for the lapses, and Kebede is especially effective at showing how triumph over culturally sanctioned brutality remains a tentative prospect at best.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Mar 17, 2011
    60
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Mar 18, 2011
    60
    The broad comedy clashes with the movie's final message: that 6,000 girls face genital mutilation every day.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Mowe
    Mar 21, 2011
    60
    The film proves a gripping, if uneven, cinematic journey.
  6. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Mar 18, 2011
    50
    Suffers from a lack of focus and a sitcom script.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Mar 15, 2011
    40
    More earnest than agile, the whole thing smacks of heavy-handed authorial jiggering-never mind that it's based on a true story.
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  1. Jun 26, 2011
    10
    The movie is awesome. It has everything: drama, women rights and a women who fights to be diferent! The actress is doing her roll exelent. SheThe movie is awesome. It has everything: drama, women rights and a women who fights to be diferent! The actress is doing her roll exelent. She plays Waris Dirie with a loot emotion and with her heart! Expand
  2. Aug 24, 2014
    8
    I was interested in seeing this movie for a long time, for some strange reason, and wasn't left disappointed.

    While the pace of the film is
    I was interested in seeing this movie for a long time, for some strange reason, and wasn't left disappointed.

    While the pace of the film is a bit uneven and slightly hard to follow at places, especially near the beginning when time has clearly passed between the previous and the next scene, altogether the shifts in time were quite well balanced.

    A story of Waris Dirie (I am interested to read the book this movie is based on), a Somali girl who runs away from an arranged marriage at the age of 13. Whether it was the will of Allah, fate, or just pure luck that she actually made it to Mogadishu from her village, that she found her way to London, and was later discovered and made into a super model, it doesn't remove the fact that her story is intriguing, sad, heart-wrenching and inspiring.

    The movie is sad, a little depressing at times, with random rays of hope. It tells about friendship, discovering a new culture and leaving the beliefs behind, and the need to survive. A brutally real piece that doesn't really have a feel of fantasy about it; they may have made things more dramatic, who knows, but I could imagine all this happening in real life, pretty much.

    The topic of female circumcision wasn't the only tearjerker, but it definitely created a turning point for a lot of things. To see Waris come to realize her world isn't the only one was painful. As a woman, I'm not sure if my response to that was simply caused by my gender, but it definitely helped.

    Altogether, the story doesn't leave much to desire when you manage to follow the events on screen. The music was extremely beautiful from start to finish.

    Give this one a chance. It may surprise you.
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