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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.

Director:

Luc Besson

Writer:

Rebecca Frayn (screenplay)
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Markus Waldow Markus Waldow ... Reporter
Michelle Yeoh ... Aung San Suu Kyi
David Thewlis ... Michael Aris
Jonathan Raggett ... Kim Aris
Jonathan Woodhouse Jonathan Woodhouse ... Alexander Aris
Susan Wooldridge ... Lucinda Philips
Benedict Wong ... Karma
Htun Lin Htun Lin ... General Ne Win
Agga Poechit Agga Poechit ... Than Shwe
Donatienne Dupont Donatienne Dupont ... Marie-Laure Aris
Phoe Zaw Phoe Zaw ... Aung San - the Father
Marian Yu Marian Yu ... Daw Khin Kyi - the Mother
May May ... Mon Mon
Ko Ko Win Aung Ko Ko Win Aung ... Red Scarf Captain
Thein Win Thein Win ... U Kyi Maung
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Storyline

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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | UK

Language:

English | Burmese

Release Date:

30 November 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor, honor y libertad See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£62,440 (United Kingdom), 30 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$355,391
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At on point, Giuseppe Tornatore was considered to direct the movie. See more »

Goofs

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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The Steel Orchid or Burmas First Lady as Told in this film?
10 May 2012 | by mrcibuburSee all my reviews

Nobody should criticise the drama directing or entertainment value of a film like this which offers an intimate insight into the struggle of one human being to fulfil a humanitarian cause for her country, Mynanmar.

Quite by chance, I watched WE yesterday, another love story with a twist directed by Madonna. As for the Lady, both Michelle Yeogh and David Threwlis are excellent throughout in the two leading roles. the film is as much about their devotion to their each other as it is to the cause of Burma (or Mynanmar if you like).

What disappointed me was that there was no translation for whenever Burmese was spoken in the movie and so I had no idea what was being said. furthermore, the end credits were in French and I could not understand them either.

Considering the political nature of the movie and the profile of the woman in focus, I thought it was a surprisingly unpolitical film and the Burmese Generals came across as a bunch of puffs who had no idea to connect with the people they ruled and controlled.

I also agree that the ending was rushed after Mikeys death and more time could have been spent to balance the story to the present day but that is the directors prerogative and I am not criticising in any way.

I remember the Ghandi movie and as much as I liked this movie, sorry, the overall quality of this movie cannot be compared to Ghandi.

Terrific film, have a few hankies at the ready and be ready to grab a hand or two when things taken a sudden turn!


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