Flash Movie Review: Desert Flower

SITTING comfortably behind the steering wheel, cruising down the road, the celebrity driver was expounding on the finer things about the automobile. It almost looked like this was their main means of transportation. Now I do not care if a celebrity wants to earn income by doing a commercial; everyone deserves to make a living. Will this person persuade me to buy that type of car when I am in the market for a new vehicle? The answer is absolutely not. In fact that goes for any celebrity endorsement. Though I am a big fan of movies and such, I am well aware of the financial inequity between celebrities and let us say teachers. Not that there is anything wrong with making as much money as you can; however, I have a hard time with anyone who uses their position of wealth as a bully pulpit to tell everyone else what they should do. I have experienced this in my own circle of friends and family, where those who were financially well off starting acting like they knew everything and the rest of us were not as smart. That type of behavior is offensive to me.     THE area where I can support celebrities is when they use their wealth and status to help a cause they believe in. I know about one celebrity who works with an organization to bring clean water to third world countries. I remember when parts of Louisiana were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. There were celebrities down there helping and rebuilding houses; they had the means and connections to bypass the red tape to get things done. With some celebrities their support of a cause may be due to personal reasons; they could be experiencing it in their own family, for example a celebrity with an autistic child. Whether you feel the same way or not, I admire someone who overcomes challenges in their life to then become a social activist against those very same tribulations. What I saw in this film festival winning movie, which was based on a true story, both stunned and amazed me.     THIRTEEN year old Waris, played by newcomer Soraya Omar-Scego, had to leave her village in Somalia. What was done to her there would have a strong impact on her life when she made it to London. Before I talk about this biographical drama I want to say I have very little knowledge about the customs that were performed in this movie. They may be based on religious beliefs or native; I do not know and I do not want to offend anyone who believes in them. Starring Liya Kebede (The Best Offer, Lord of War) as older Waris Dirie, Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, Happy-Go –Lucky) as Marilyn and Timothy Spall (Denial, Mr. Turner) as Terry Donaldson; the actual story had to be more powerful than what the script provided here. The back and forth between the young and older Waris dampened the intensity for me. I had a hard time watching some scenes because I could not believe what was being done. The acting was fine; I have always enjoyed Sally’s performances and Liya was perfect in this role. Honestly I still cannot get over that this custom takes place in the world. This DVD provided me with a whole new respect for those who overcome difficulties in their life and decide they want to do something about it.


2 ¾ stars — DVD    




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Posted on April 6, 2017, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Unfortunately female genital mutilation is a very real thing even now in 2017 and practiced in almost EVERY country in the world, including all our ‘enlightened’ Western ones.

  2. I didn’t know what you meant at first, until I saw the trailer and I knew instantly. It is a disgusting practice, inhumane and painful to the young woman the rest of her life. Horrible, horrible. So very sad. It gives me chills. I had read about this many years ago. If I recall, it was a way to keep the young woman from straying, I could be wrong, but that’s what I remember. It made “the act” forever painful so of course, why would the young girl ever stray? I’m sure its the kind of film that would bring tears to a woman and render a man speechless. Thank you for the review.

    • Part of me wanted to mention what was taking place, but chose to hold back and let people experience like I did when I saw this film.

      You are correct about the “Act” that it was to keep the girls pure for their future husbands. It just leaves me speechless.

      Thank you for the comments.

  3. I’ve seen the movie. The main plot of a young girl risking death rather than to be married off to an old man is true. It’s true that she became a model. The movie has false dramatizations that didn’t have to be substituted for the real story.

    The former model has a charity dedicated to eradicating the barbaric practice of FGM. You SHOULD offend people about a practice that takes away any pleasure from intimacy, causes life-long pain or death from shock, and makes childbirth even harder. There is no purpose for it, no excuse for it, and the perpetuation of it is nothing less than the beginning of lifelong violence toward the females of those countries.

    • Thank you so much for your remarks; I truly appreciate you saying what you did. I wrote the review soon after seeing this movie and I was horrified beyond words.

      With only a little time to look up facts I read one that this practice is based on religious reason; hence me posting a disclaimer.

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