Desert Flower tells the inspiring true story of Waris Dirie, who was catapulted to fame and fortune as a high fashion model after running away from an arranged marriage at age 13. But after years of living a glamorous life, the past comes back to haunt her, and she must face the childhood trauma that forever changed her destiny.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
"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.Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 03.17.2011
A lovely performance by Ethiopian supermodel-actress Liya Kebede as supermodel-activist Waris Dirie works wonders to elevate this uneven, occasionally awkward but often absorbing film.Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 03.17.2011
The broad comedy clashes with the movie's final message.Mark Jenkins, NPR, 03.18.2011
Good idea, mediocre presentation.V.A. Musetto, New York Post, 03.17.2011