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

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Several scenes feature Aung San Suu Kyi playing Pacobel's Canon. When she appeared on the BBC's Desert Island Discs in January 2013 she chose this piece of music as the selection "For Her". See more »

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Discussing the Nobel Peace Prize, Professor Finnis says he will contact "Vaclav Havel and his committee". While Havel is rumored to have declined a nomination himself and suggested Aung San Suu Kyi, he certainly never sat on a Nobel Committee. See more »

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Featured in Maltin on Movies: This Means War (2012) See more »

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A story that must be told and Michelle Yeoh is terrific
22 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With such a fascinating subject matter this movie would have been an interesting watch no matter who directed it but I think Luc Besson did a good job showing he is more than just an action thriller director. Of course there are some violent parts showing the brutality of the Military that are in your face and exciting as expected. He handled the private woman and her personal sacrifice and bravery in a tasteful manner.

Michelle Yeoh does a brilliant job. It's a really good fit for her. She is good in both the intimate moments dealing with her family and in her dignified public persona. She deserves an acting nomination for her work. David Thewlis is well cast as a disheveled looking professor type.

The subtitles are a major part of the movie with lots of dialog in Burmese. But it's still easy to follow the plot which doesn't jump around too much and is well laid out. It deserves a place among the better political true life movies. While not as dramatic or gut wrenching as "Cry Freedom" or "the Killing Fields", it still delivers a powerful message. Those interested can also watch "Beyond Rangoon" with Patricia Arquette which is a more adventure style portrayal of the events in Burma.

Wish the movie could have shown more recent events including her recent release. Reminds us there is still a long way to go in Burma.

Touching and a must watch.


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