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Desert Flower

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mature biopic has moving drama but lacks coherence.

Movie R 2011 120 minutes
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Desert Flower is an important movie, but not a great one. Dirie's life-story is inspiring, her experiences as young girl are tragic, and her ability to speak out against a custom that has long been hidden is impressive. But the movie feels like a string of scenes stitched together, and they sometimes lack narrative structure. The film certainly has an important message, but it tries too hard to make its point. Although we feel for the character because of what she's done, that's despite of the way her story is told rather than because of it.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 18, 2011
  • On DVD or streaming: July 19, 2011
  • Cast: Liya Kebede , Sally Hawkins , Timothy Spall
  • Director: Sherry Horman
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors, Female actors
  • Studio: National Geographic
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: some violent content, a scene of sexuality and language
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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