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Queen of the Desert

  • Drama
  • 2015
  • Werner Herzog
  • 127 mins
  • PG
    More info: UK: General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children

Summary

Gertrude Bell, the daughter of rich British parents, decides to join her uncle, who occupies a high diplomatic position in Tehran. There she falls in love with an embassy employee, Henry Cadogan. Director Werner Herzog's drama, starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Robert Pattinson.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

The life of adventurer Gertrude Bell is explored in Werner Herzog's drama, starring Nicole Kidman as the British aristocrat who undertakes an incredible journey as she travels to far-flung reaches of the British Empire. With beautiful camerawork and a more than capable cast, this should have all the makings of a hit in the mould of Lawrence of Arabia. Sadly, that promise is undermined by a lack of direction, leaving us to navigate the story like a tourist without a map. Kidman has elegance to spare, and shares the screen with interesting co-stars. The script's penchant for melodrama lets her and her colleagues down, however, meaning there isn't much for the talent to do other than stare soulfully into the dunes. Despite moments of genuine beauty (it was filmed in Jordan and Morocco), Queen of the Desert offers too much drudgery and not enough heart - a crime given the real-life story it draws upon.

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Language
English
Guidance
Sexual references.
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Gertrude BellNicole Kidman
Henry CadoganJames Franco
Charles Doughty-WylieDamian Lewis
Col TE LawrenceRobert Pattinson
Winston ChurchillChristopher Fulford
Frank LascellesMark Lewis Jones
Florence BellJenny Agutter
Cousin FlorenceHolly Earl

Crew

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DirectorWerner Herzog
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