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The Lady (2011)

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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 ...
Susan Wooldridge ...
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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30 November 2011 (France)  »

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in admiration of "courage and love"
4 December 2011 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

It's an absolute success: Luc Besson has succeeded to bring you to the Burma through a deeply humanistic and political involved history. Then the two principal actors (Michelle Yeoh & David Thewlis) play very well their roles and let you feel their passion in the private life and their struggle for democracy and peace in the social life.

There are some similarities with another masterpiece of Besson "Leon: The Professional": both are in admiration of "courage and love". Aung San Suu Kyi like Leon is an alone hero fighting against tyranny and organized corrupted power. If the effort of Leon to protect the young innocent Mathilda made you feel sympathy for this individual, undoubtedly you will admire this brave woman her comfort herself and her family to defend the whole nation from the dictatorship of the military regime.

My wife and I really enjoyed the movie. The Parisian cinema was almost full and at the end gave the impression that the spectators were satisfied .One row ahead of us there was a senior couple, the old man asked: "darling did you like it for the second time?" The lady answered: "sure, could we come again to watch it for a third time?!"

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