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The Lady

Rated R 127 minutes 2012

This biopic tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi, a tireless advocate of democracy in Burma who was recently elected to political office there after spending nearly two decades under house arrest. The script focuses on her domestic life in order to make her extraordinary experiences seem more relatable, and this works well enough for the movie to succeed as a public-service message. Michelle Yeoh plays Suu Kyi with precious few award-mongering gestures, and David Thewlis is similarly modest as her husband, the British academic Michael Aris. Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element) may seem an unlikely choice as director, but he suppresses his action-movie instincts in favor of a slower, more old-fashioned approach. Clearly awed by his subject, he tries to raise western awareness of Burma, and though the film sometimes feels simplistic and over-earnest, there's no doubting its noble intentions. In English and subtitled Burmese.

Film Credits

Director: Luc Besson

Cast: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse, Susan Wooldridge, Benedict Wong, Htun Lin and William Hope


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