Two supporting characters, Lucinda and a janitor named Neil (Craig Parkinson), undergo puzzling personality changes at the convenience of the plot.
A character named Harold Jackson (Anthony Mackie) exists exclusively for Idiot Plot purposes.
By the time I was around 13, I had had my fill of these traditions. My nightmare journey began when my father announced he had arranged my marriage. As I pondered what was going to happen next, I heard, "Waris … Even though I had gotten a head start, Papa had tracked me down by following my footprints through the sand. I slumped back against the tree that had sheltered me from the merciless African sun. "I’m ready." The big cat stared at me, and my eyes locked on his.
Women are the backbone of Africa; they do most of the work. They have no say, sometimes not even in whom they will marry. If he caught me, I knew that he would make me, marry. I tried to stand, but I hadn't eaten in days, so my weak legs wobbled and folded beneath me.
It rises from the woman-hating men who propagate it by refusing to marry any woman who hasn’t been "cut."When Waris was sold as a young teenager to an old man who already had three wives, she simply left one day, walking hundreds of miles across desert and scrubland to seek her grandmother in Mogadishu.
Amazingly, she found her — and was hired by an aunt in London to work as a maid.
On and on we continued for hours, until I realized I hadn’t seen him for some time. I kept running until the sun set, and the night was so black I couldn't see. It was during one of these naps that a slight sound woke me.
It was as if we were surfing waves of sand; I flew up one hill, and he glided down the one behind me.
"Desert Flower" tells an extraordinary story in an ordinary way.
It has a compelling message and surrounds it with biopic scenes that appear to be brought in from a different kind of movie. The film is based on the life of Waris Dirie, an international supermodel who began life as a member of a nomadic tribe in Somalia.