Desert Bloom
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Set in 1950, this is a convincing, well-acted drama about a young girl's growing up in Las Vegas amidst poverty and a turbulent home life. The 13-year-old Rose (Annabeth Gish) lives with her mother (JoBeth Williams), stepfather (Jon Voight), and two sisters in a working-class home. Trouble is brewing on several fronts: her stepfather is his usual abusive self but is dipping into the bottle more frequently, her glitzy Aunt Starr (Ellen Barkin) arrives for a six-week stay and causes an upheaval in the marriage, and an above-ground nuclear bomb is about to be exploded at the government test… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This sensitive coming-of-age tale is framed by the narration of its grown-up protagonist, recalling her childhood in the 1950s, an era defined by the A-Bomb and the culture it created."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Manages to make clear that certain children possess the resiliency to handle the stress and pain of a troubled home."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Memorable little story carried by Jon Voight."
‑ Steve Crum,
"a drama that stays with you; a good companion piece with "Blue Sky""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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