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The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Markus Waldow ...
Jonathan Woodhouse ...
Agga Poechit ...
Donatienne Dupont ...
Marie-Laure Aris
Phoe Zaw ...
Aung San - the Father
Marian Yu ...
Daw Khin Kyi - the Mother
May ...
Mon Mon
Ko Ko Win Aung ...
Red Scarf Captain
San Lwin ...
U Win Tin - Writer
Nay Myo Thant ...


THE LADY is an epic love story about how an extraordinary couple and family sacrifice their happiness at great human cost for a higher cause. This is the story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a background of political turmoil which continues today. THE LADY also is the story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma's democracy movement. Written by Europa Corp

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Wife. Mother. Prisoner. Hero. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including some bloody images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 November 2011 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Amor, honor y libertad  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Written over a period of three years by Rebecca Frayn. Interviews with key figures in Aung San Suu Kyi's entourage enabled her to reconstruct for the first time the true story of Burma's national heroine. See more »


The production of the assault rifle AK-47 began in 1949. The Burma soldiers cannot have this rifle in 1947. See more »


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Words and music by Brian Eno, Bono, Adam Clayton,
The Edge& Larry Mullen Jr.
Performed by Passengers
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Elegant story-telling, powerful film
11 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I have to say I didn't find any wrong notes in this film at all. Performances were excellent and the way the writer pulled out the key events was deft. Crucially, the writer doesn't spoon feed you with every emotion, every key thought or motivation. The audience has to think and imagine. How would it feel to lose your father at a young age? How would it feel to build a life away from your own country and then return there to find it in turmoil? How would you respond to being asked to lead a protest to save your country, knowing the personal sacrifice that will involve? Superb drama about a real and tragic story that continues to play out.

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