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The Lady -- The Lady is the extraordinary true story of Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh), the woman who is at the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her husband, Michael Aris (David Thewlis).
The Lady -- The story of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and the academic and writer Michael Aris; a true story of love set against political turmoil.
The Lady -- The story of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and the academic and writer Michael Aris; a true story of love set against political turmoil.


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30 November 2011 (France) See more »
From House Arrest to Parliament See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Markus Waldow ... Reporter

Michelle Yeoh ... Aung San Suu Kyi

David Thewlis ... Michael Aris

Jonathan Raggett ... Kim Aris
Jonathan Woodhouse ... Alexander Aris

Susan Wooldridge ... Lucinda Philips

Benedict Wong ... Karma
Agga Poechit ... Than Shwe
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 ... Win Thein - Student
Victoria Sanvalli ... Ma Thein - Student
Flint Bangkok ... Nyo Ohn Myint
Thwel Zin Toe ... Ma Thanegi - Suu's Secretary
Dujdao Vadhanapakorn ... Nita May

Sahajak Boonthanakit ... Leo Nichols
Pradimporn Kanjunda ... Daw Khin Kyi at 30 years old
Soraya La-ong Ake ... Aung San Suu Kyi at 2 years old
Star ... Zargana - Actor
Honey ... Maid - ASSK

William Hope ... James Baker
Jay Villiers ... Martin Morland, UK Ambassador 1988
Louis Hilyer ... Tom White, British Council 1988

Nicholas Jones ... Robert Gordon, UK Ambassador 1995-1999

Anton Lesser ... Professor Finnis

Paul Brennen ... Doctor - UK Hospital
Amanda Lawrence ... Nurse - UK Hospital
François Lescurat ... Mitterand's Attache

Junix Inocian ... Burmese Diplomat
Frank Walmsley ... BBC Journalist
Ilario Bisi-Pedro ... Desmond Tutu
Maung Maung Khin ... Captain Myint
Win Kyaw Tun ... Major Danubyu
Kriang Kunsri ... General Saw Maung
Khin Maung Yon ... Inteligence Officer - Airport
Nicolas Vee ... Colonel - Airport

Akira Koieyama ... Japanese Delegate
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Al Barclay ... Christopher Gore-Booth (as Alex Barclay)
Guy Barwell ... Military Policeman

Antony Hickling ... BBC journalist (voice)
Teerawat Mulvilai ... Soldier / Bad News
Danny Toeng ... Colonel Than Tun
Azuki ... Extra (uncredited)

Bruce Blain ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Martin John King ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Luc Besson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rebecca Frayn  screenplay

Produced by
Virginie Besson-Silla .... producer
Andy Harries .... producer
Didier Hoarau .... line producer
Georges Langlois .... executive producer
Jane Robertson .... line producer: UK
Jean Todt .... associate producer
Original Music by
Eric Serra 
Cinematography by
Thierry Arbogast (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Julien Rey 
Casting by
Raweeporn 'Non' Srimonju  (as Raweeporn 'Non' Jungmeier)
Fiona Weir 
Production Design by
Hugues Tissandier 
Art Direction by
Gilles Boillot 
Dominique Moisan 
Stéphane Robuchon 
Steve Spence 
Thierry Zemmour 
Set Decoration by
Siranat Ratchusanti 
Costume Design by
Olivier Bériot  (as Olivier Beriot)
Makeup Department
Marthe Faucouit .... makeup artist: France
Carolyn Groves .... makeup assistant: UK (as Caroline Groves)
Gary Jordan .... daily makeup artist
Sarah Jane Marks .... makeup assistant: UK
Kay Philips .... hair stylist: France
Stéphane Robert .... key makeup artist (as Stephane Lagadic-Robert)
Nicky South .... makeup assistant: UK
Siwakorn Suklankarn .... key makeup artist: Thailand
Ghislaine Tortereau .... makeup department head
Production Management
David Edouard .... unit manager assistant: France (as David Broutin)
Olivier Gravenhorst .... post-production manager: Scanlab
Marc Guidetti .... unit manager
Varillian Gumusel .... post-production manager: L.T.C.
David Lemenan .... unit manager assistant
Eric Martin .... digital grading post-production supervisor: Duboi
Stéphane Martine .... digital post-production manager: Duboi
Anchittha Phongchub .... production manager: Thailand
Dorothée Santucci .... unit manager assistant: France
Agnès Sébenne .... head of post-production (as Agnes Berger-Sebenne)
William Trillaud .... unit manager assistant: France
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ludovic Bernard .... first assistant director
Shanna Besson .... director: making of
Christel Bordon .... second assistant director
Paul Cathie .... second assistant director: UK
Lucie Gratas .... third assistant director: France
Ian Hughes .... third assistant director: UK (as Ian 'Pebbles' Hughes)
Tippawan Mamanee .... second assistant director: Thailand
Julie-Anne Simon .... extra third assistant director: France
Charlie Sungkawess .... first assistant director: Thailand
Art Department
Nick Ainsworth .... graphic artist: UK
Pierre Banoni .... dressing props: France
Pascal Chevé .... plasterer: France (as Pascal Cheve)
Charlie Clerc .... third art director: cg, France
Géraldine Daigremont .... second art director: France (as Geraldine Daigremont)
Julien Durguel .... set decorator: France
Peter Fentem .... dressing props: UK
Amélie Fontana .... second art director: Plans, France (as Amelie Fontana)
Julyan Giraux .... third art director: set, France
Paulo Gonçalves .... second art director: France (as Paulo Goncalves)
Josh Hartnett .... stand-by props: UK
Justin Hayzelden .... dressing props: UK
Charlie Lynam .... art buyer: UK
Cédric Maserati .... dressing props: France
Acel Mauge .... dressing props
Guy Monbillard .... property buyer: France
Jean-Pierre Mossereau .... set decoration buyer: France
Olivier Nguyen .... property master
Prachya Pitapho .... draftsman: Thailand (as Prachya 'Jet Jet' Pitapho)
Scott Rogers .... props master: UK
Steve Spence .... art director: Thailand
Patrick Tandiang .... second art director: drawings, France
Patricia Tissander .... property buyer assistant: France
Evelyne Tissandier .... set decoration buyer: France (as Evelyne Baussant Tissander)
Sara Wan .... set decorator: UK
Jackie Yau .... set decorator: UK
Sound Department
Nicolas Bourgeois .... assistant sound editor
Marco Casanova .... assistant sound editor
Matthieu Dallaporta .... sound re-recording mixer
Najib El Yafi .... foley editor
Najib El Yafi .... sound recordist
Alexandre Hernandez .... sound editor
Didier Lozahic .... sound re-recording mixer
Didier Lozahic .... sound
Florian Penot .... assistant foley artist
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Jonathan Rimas .... vo recordist
Paulin Sagna .... boom operator
Ken Yasumoto .... sound mixer
Ken Yasumoto .... sound
Ken Yasumoto .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Chabbal Frederic .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Alain Bignet .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Pierre Billet .... in/out technician and system: Duran Duboi
Thibaut Breton .... cgi graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Emilien Breuillier .... cgi graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Emmanuel Carriere .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects director: Duran Duboi
Florian Chauvet .... visual effects coordinator: Duran Duboi
Philippe Chotard .... in/out technician and system: Duran Duboi
Ludovic Davidian .... cgi graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Séverine De Wever .... visual effects producer: Duran Duboi
Christophe Dehaene .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Aurélie Delaunuy .... in/out technician and system: Duran Duboi
Ludivine Ducrocq .... production administration
Adrien Garcia .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Florian Garotte .... in/out technician and system: Duran Duboi
Pierre Genin .... cgi graphic artist: Duran Duboi (as Pierre-Emmanyel Génin)
Kern Attila Germain .... cgi graphic artist: Duran Duboi
David Gourmaud .... visual effects editor: Duran Duboi
Jeremy Guetta .... scanner operator
Bruno Habbah .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Yohann Hays .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Marie Heine .... cgi graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Pacini Kevin .... visual effects editor
Marc Largier .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Julien Lasson .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Guillaume Le Gouez .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Mathieu Legros .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Jeremie Leroux .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi (as Jér*eacute;mie Leroux)
Antoine Lhouillier .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Gianni Manno .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Jean-Francois Michelas .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Selim Mondzie .... cgi graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Fredrik Monteil .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Emilia Napame .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Jeremy Oblet .... cgi graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Arnaud Ortmann .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Kevin Paoni .... visual effects editor: Duran Duboi
Gregory Peczinka .... cgi graphic artist: Duran Duboi
François Pellae .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Vincent Perzo .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Jonathan Petit .... in/out technician and system: Duran Duboi
Joel Pinto .... visual effects supervisor: Duran Duboi
Elisa Pretta .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Alrik Prevel .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Isabelle Ramnou .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Stéphane Richez .... cgi graphic artist: Duran Duboi (as Stephane Richez)
Laurent Ripoll .... visual effects editor: Duran Duboi
David Sanchez .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi
Niranjan Siva .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi (as Niralian Sivagurunathan)
Aurélien Grand .... retouch and restoration (uncredited)
Stephane Lesmond .... visual effects video assist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Paul Agostini .... director of photography: second unit, France
Thierry Alais .... grip: France
Ansel Arbogast .... electrician trainee: France
Lionel Bailly .... assembling gaffer: France
Stéphane Birzin .... best boy grip
Fabrice Bismuth .... focus puller: second unit, France
Franck Bonomi .... assembling key grip: France
Magali Bragard .... still photographer
Charles Carpentier .... assembling electrician: France
Mathieu Caudroy .... steadicam operator
Thibaud Charles .... electrician: France
Fanny Coustenoble .... loader: second unit, France
Roland Dondin .... assembling electrician: France
Isabelle Duquesnoy .... loader: France
Gregory Eck .... rigger: France
Gilles Floquet .... assembling grip: France
Thomas Gally .... electrician: France
William Gally .... gaffer: France (as Williams Gally)
Pierre Garnier .... grip: France
Frederic Garrone .... rigger: France
Philippe Guermouh .... generator operator: France
Eddie Knight .... sparks: UK
Laurent Martin .... assembling grip: France
Jean-Pierre Mas .... key grip
Philippe Mourier .... assembling grip: France
Vincent Perez .... extra still photographer
Ronnie Phillips .... sparks: UK
Victor Pichon .... camera assistant: tests, France
Georges Polonia .... generator operator: France
Vincent Richard .... focus puller
René-Pierre Rouaux .... second assistant camera (as Rene-Pierre Rouaux)
Frédéric Thurot .... electrician: France (as Frederic Thurot)
Vincent Tulasne .... video assist operator: France
Casting Department
Marie-Sylvie Caillierez .... extras casting: France
Yann Le Boucher .... additional extras casting assistant: France
Elodie Percheron .... extras casting assistant: France
Tanawat Punya .... casting assistant
Supattra 'Pum' Punyadee .... casting assistant: Thailand
Alice Searby .... casting assistant: UK
Sarawanee Yodnoon .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nittaya Boonkao .... wardrobe assistant: Thailand
Corinne Bruand .... costume designer assistant
Caroline de Tugny .... patina & tint
Corrine Dubois .... dresser: France
Stefan Fruh .... wardrobe
Olivier Jacob .... dresser: France
Camille Joste .... wardrobe documentation: France
Claudine Lachaud .... wardrobe supervisor
Sophie Laleu .... dresser: France
Capucine Martin .... wardrobe assistant: France
Frédéric Tournant .... costumes coordinator: France (as Frederic Tournant)
Nat Turner .... costume assistant: UK
Nirachara Wannalai .... wardrobe supervisor (2010)
Stéphanie Watrigant .... dresser: France
Editorial Department
Barbara Albucher .... digital grading post-production: Duboi (as Barbara Albucher Serci)
Thibaut Blanchet .... assistant editor
Christian Dutac .... grader: L.T.C.
Reginald Gallienne .... rushes grader: Scanlab
Grégory Gosse .... digital technical supervisor: Duboi
Yseult Huret .... additional assistant editor
Lyssia Le Gall .... assistant editor
Brice Leclert .... coordinator: Duboi
Nadine Makris .... additional assistant editor
Danielle Maleville .... post-production coordinator: L.T.C.
Rodney Musso .... assistant colorist
Fabien Pascal .... digital color timer: Duboi
Flora Volpelière .... additional assistant editor (as Flora Volpeliere)
Chloé Besomi .... post-production runner (uncredited)
Location Management
Simon Baber .... assistant location manager: UK
Alex Cox .... location manager: UK
Marc Guidetti .... location manager
Sam Johnson .... location assistant
David Lemenan .... location manager assistant
Philippe Letode .... location scout: France
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator (as Geoffrey Alexander)
Nicolas Duport .... music recordist
Christophe Guiot .... musician: solo violin
Didier Lozahic .... music recordist
Alexandre Mahout .... music supervisor
Samuel Potin .... music editor
Samuel Potin .... pro tools operator
Eric Serra .... arranger
Eric Serra .... music mixer
Eric Serra .... music producer
Eric Serra .... music recordist
Eric Serra .... musician
Eric Serra .... orchestrator
Tony Stanton .... music librarian
Fabrice Suaré .... pro tools operator assistant
Other crew
Isabelle Agid .... personal assistant to director
Ange Amiel .... crowd marshall
Daisy Baldry .... production assistant: UK
Ben Burton .... crowd 3rd assistant director: UK
Tony Carter .... floor runner: UK
Dom Channing-Williams .... floor runner: uk
Mel Churcher .... dialogue coach: Michelle Yeoh - director's department
Romuald Drault .... production accountant supervisor
Christine Fontaine .... assistant production coordinator: UK
Fiona Harper .... production assistant
Grégoire Jeudy .... crowd marshall
Nisso Kaboulova .... assistant to post-production (as Nisse Kaboulova)
Nisso Kaboulova .... assistant to post-production
Nichakamon Khajorn .... production staff
Shefali Malhoutra .... development producer
Jenny Marchandeau .... production accountant
Ian Mitchell .... stand-in/picture double: David Thewlis
Supat Nirantarai .... production coordinator
Damien Noguer .... extras coordinator
Serena Nutting .... assistant production coordinator: UK
Nick Page .... floor runner: UK
Napatcha Pochaiya .... production accountant
Lola Prince .... script assistant: France
Samavee Pummoung .... production assistant
Isabelle Querrioux .... script supervisor
Alix Sidem .... production coordinator
Chaipat 'Jai' Sitthisarankul .... unit manager (Thailand)
Parawat Suriyo .... location unit manager: Thailand
Somchai Teawkeaw .... production assistant
Jo Wallett .... production coordinator: UK
Denis Wray .... production accountant: UK
Gareth Upton .... thanks

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Rated R for violence including some bloody images
132 min
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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 »
Factual errors: 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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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Moving story of personal courage for political purpose, 22 January 2012
Author: rogerdarlington from United Kingdom

Making a commercial film about a struggle for human rights and democracy is a real struggle because most audiences want entertainment and not politics. So the producers have to find an 'angle'. In 1987, "A World Apart" told the story of the fight against apartheid in South Africa but through the prism of the strain that this put on ANC activist Ruth First's relationship with her young daughter. A similar approach is used here in this account of the life of Aung San Suu Kyi, the eponymous lady and leader of the National League for Democracy in the dictatorship that has ruled Burma for most of the period since post-war independence from Britain. So it is not politics as such which is to the fore here but Suu Kyi's relationship with her husband, Oxford academic Michael Aris, and most especially the regime's brutal refusal to allow Aris to see his wife one last time when he was dying of prostate cancer. It is a gut-wrenchingly sad tale.

Malaysian-born actress Michelle Yeoh - a Bond girl in "Tomorrow Never Dies" and pugilist star of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" - looks perfect in the leading role, giving a performance which, while often understated, is deeply moving. David Thewlis (various "Harry Potter" films and "The Boy With The Striped Pyjamas") is very effective as the long-suffering husband. The exotic locations and local faces in Thailand serve the movie well and original music by the French Eric Serra plus some Mozart enhance the emotional power of the work. It is perhaps no surprise that the script for what is in essence a love story comes from a female writer - the British Rebecca Frayn - but one might not expect the identity of the director for this Anglo-French film: Luc Besson, best known for such action movies as "Nikita", "Leon" and "The Fifth Element".

"The Lady" may be a bit one-dimensional and lack nuance, but it highlights a long struggle for human rights that is not sufficiently well-known and the timing of its release (I saw it in January 2012) is poignant. When filming started, Suu Kyi was still under house arrest, as she had been in total for some 15 years, but by the time the film was finished she had been released. At the end of the movie, the iron grip of the regime and the number of political prisoners are highlighted but, in the weeks around the film's release, the generals instituted a series of liberalisation measures including the freeing of most political prisoners. If all this augurs an era of genuine democracy in Burma, "The Lady" will be a wonderful testimony to the power of personal courage and sacrifice to effect political change.

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