The Lady

Release Date 30 Dec 2011 30 May 2012

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Certificate: 12A

Genre: Drama

The extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris. It is also the epic story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma's democracy movement. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end.

Michelle Yeoh | David Thewlis | William Hope

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    Perhaps the reason why this film doesn't hold together very well is that she has not finished yet. Aung San Suu Kyi's story is not over, and she has not yet succeeded in her aims. The film itself just did not have enough substance to work with, and in that respect, it can be of some credit to the director that he made an unrealistic project into a passable film.

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    Besson holds the somewhat simplified plot together with sure-handed direction and a beautiful sense of the settings, both in Oxford and Rangoon (shot in Thailand). The contrast between these cities couldn't be more striking, and this highlights the warmth and intelligence of the Burmese people in the face of their government's bald-faced cruelty. But even though the political cause is worthy and inspiring, it's in the personal story that the film wins us over.

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    Luc Besson is a director in danger of disappearing from public view. In recent years, he has produced other people's films and made the occasional children's film, but with The Lady he thankfully returns to more mature material. It's about Aung San Suu Kyi, the rightful leader of Burma who is kept under house arrest by the military dictatorship for political reasons. While this story may seem a world away for western viewers, Besson thankfully anchors the story in the relationship between Suu and her committed English husband. However, Suu has to make the agonising choice between family or country - which should come first? Both Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis are very good in their roles as husband and wife, although the film itself doesn't fully add up. The Burmese military are a bit two-dimensional, though I suppose that's to be expected given that the film is taken from a subjective viewpoint. It will be of limited interest to most people, but it's worth checking out for Besson completists and anyone interested in international politics.