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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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Luc Besson

Writer:

Rebecca Frayn (screenplay)
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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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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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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

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 »

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Michael is shown in his office in November 1998 with an iMac. Whilst the iMac G3 came out in August 1998 the Tangerine version in his office was not available until January 1999. See more »

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The Steel Orchid
10 March 2013 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Despite the flaws in this dramatized biopic of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi - far too long at 132 minutes, more emphasis on a family drama than an important change in Burma to Myanmar, etc - this film as written by Rebecca Frayn and directed by Luc Beeson (Taken, Transporter, La Femme Nikita, etc) deserves our attention in that it helps explain the volatile situation that existed in Burma from 1947 to the present. In brief it is the story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, Oxford professor and writer Michael Aris.

Opening in 1947 we meet Aung San Suu Kyi as a child bidding farewell to her father, General Aung San, a hero of the Burmese democratic movement, who is then assassinated. Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Leoh) escapes to England, matures, marries an Oxford professor Michael (David Thewlis) and has two sons (Jonathan Raggett and Jonathan Woodhouse). The film then jumps to 1988 when, due to the fact that her mother is critically ill, Suu Kyi returns to Burma to care for her mother; once there she observes the student protests to the military regime headed by a dummy superstitious dictator, and as the heir to her father's fame in the country as a leader of the people she decides to stay and follow the encouragement of the protesters to be their leader. That decision places here in danger and eventual house arrest, and with the love of her husband and children as support she stays the course and becomes the leader of the democratic movement of the country now called Myanmar. The commitment to her cause by her husband (who discovers in Suu Kyi's absence that he has prostate cancer and a limited life span) offers her strength and she gains world attention when she is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

THE LADY is more an epic love story about how an extraordinary couple and family sacrifice their happiness at great human cost for a higher cause than it is a full study of the persona of Aung San Suu Kyi Much is missing, especially the period in Burma from 1947 to 1988, and the maturing of Suu Kyi into a hero. But the film does emphasize the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma's democracy movement and the indomitable love relationship and strength of marriage and family due to their undying support of her mission. Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis are excellent and the film has touches of beauty that are memorable (as Suu Kyi listens on a portable radio to the Nobel Prize speech read by her son the music that is so much a part of Suu Kyi's life is her playing of the Pachelbel Canon accompanied by a small orchestra over a distance of thousands of miles). It is a touching tribute to a great lady of peace.

Grady Hap


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