The true story of the life of British explorer and adventurer, Gertrude Bell, Queen of the desert portrays her experiences of love and loss in the Middle East during the early 20th century.
Nicole Kidman plays opposite James Franco, Damian Lewis, and Robert Pattinson. A stubborn and smart young woman eager to explore the world outside of England, Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) goes to the British embassy in Tehran where she quickly falls for a secretary of the embassy, Henry Cadogan (James Franco). This develops into life-long adventure among the beautiful but misunderstood peoples and cultures of the Middle East.
Whilst on her journey, Bell's life intersects with archaeologist T.E. Lawrence (Robert Pattinson) also known as Lawrence of Arabia, and Major Charles Doughty-Wylie, the British Consul General in the Ottoman Empire.
Queen of the Desert is written and directed by Werner Herzog. The film is produced by Michael Benaroya (Lawless).
The story of Queen of the Desert is based on the factual life story of Gertrude Bell, who was a British political officer and. The film details the extraordinary adventures of Bell wrestling with the conflicts of love and death, foe and friend, and foreign and familiar as she sought to understand and unite people from conflicting cultures.
The play is a long 128 minutes but is however ultimately very captivating. The character of Henry Cadogen is a new venture for Franco and ultimately his portrayal is beautiful. Kidman has been commended for her character work on Bell and rightly so, she plays the role eloquently and present a strong yet elegant leading lady.
The film is in itself a picturesque and visceral movie that provides the audience with some beautiful visual landscapes and daring aerial shots. Audience members certainly leave with a wanderlust for the Middle East. This movie is for history buffs and art house film lovers.