Heartbreaking, powerful biopic. Mature teens only.
"Desert Flower" is the true story of African model Waris Dirie, who became famous when talking about the tradition female circumsition in an interview.
The whole movie is magnificent - especially as it is a true story. Especially the speech at the end is one of the most powerful and emotional scenes in movie history. And so is the movie. One of the most outstanding and heartbreaking movies of all time. "Desert Flower" is the important story of one of the bravest women in the world that really deserves to be seen.
(SPOILERS may follow)
This movie is brutal, though. Violence goes hand-in-hand with sexuality.
The circumsation part is very violent. The young girl (whose public area is visible BEFORE the mutilation) has her clitoris and her labia cut out and has everything stitched together then.
You see the upper body only, and the child screams in pain, it is hard to watch, even for adults.
The movie is emotional and intense. The talk about the circumsition is very graphic and intense.
There is a very brief sex scene. It lasts for about 3 seconds and is only shown from behind.
A young girl is about to be raped (?) and beats the man unconcious with a stone (not as strong as it sounds).
A man gets drunk and yells at Waris.
Several times Waris is nude, but you never see anything explicit, only the behind.
There is R-profanity.
Waris Dirie is a very inspiring, a heroine and a real role model.
The movie has strong positive messages.
I watched this movie at the age of 14 and i could handle it. Viewers of this age may be emotionally touched by it, but not disturbed.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking