Desert Flower
Desert Flower (2011)

A woman who achieves stardom against all odds uses her celebrity to make a difference in the land she left behind in this drama based on a true story. Waris Dirie (Liya Kebede) was born in Somalia, where she was one of a dozen children… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Written and directed by German filmmaker Sherry Hormann, it works as well as it does because of the performances she's drawn from a solid cast.

Mark Jenkins

The broad comedy clashes with the movie's final message.

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Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

This inspiring story of a nomad-turned-model is executed in the style of a made-for-TV movie.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It has a compelling message and surrounds it with biopic scenes that appear to be brought in from a different kind of movie. The effect is rather unsettling.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

"Desert Flower," a well-made film that depicts the remarkable life of the model Waris Dirie, manages to be both a classic feel-good story and about as far from a feel-good story as you can get.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Mature biopic has moving drama but lacks coherence.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Waris Dirie is an inspiration, inside and out, and so is this movie.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Good idea, mediocre presentation.

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Marc Mohan

Waris' saga is one that needs to be told, but this well-meaning dramatization might have had more power if it were a documentary.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Very terrible subject. Well done little movie. I remember this subject being in the headlines many years I know why. I sure hope that this horrifying… More
Nicolas Korovessis
Waris Dirie must be an amazing woman. There is evidence shown through snippets of horrific moments in her life. The problem with the film is, that there is… More
Walter M.
"Desert Flower" starts with Waris(Liya Kebede) walking out of a doorway into pedestrian traffic in London in traditional dress. Homeless, she has… More
Leo L
"The extraordinary true story of the woman who crossed a desert and changed the world." Desert Flower, a film directed by Sherry Hormann, is based… More
Jeffrey Meyers
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… More