Aung San Suu Kyi is name that many of us
have heard of. Her father was a military general who wanted to bring democracy
before he and other political leaders were murdered in a military coup. She
gets involved in the Burma Democracy Movement four decades later when she comes home to Burma
to visit her dying mother. Aung got married to a British man and moved with him
to Oxford in the United Kingdom. She raised two kids and he taught at Oxford. When Aung San Suu Kyi gets involved in the Burma Democracy Movement, she and
others (including her family) are tested as the Burma military government tries anything (except make her a martyr) to destroy
the democracy movement. She is separated from her family and sometimes
even lives as prisoner in her own house in Burma for years.
THE LADY is the inspirational true story
of a woman who tries to free her people from a military dictator. Burma
is still under military control. Director Luc Besson and others secretly
filmed in Burma to get a feel for the place while the actual
film was shot in Burma with many Burmese refugees playing
parts in the film. Michelle Yoeh pulls off one of the best acting performances
of her career as Aung San Suu Kyi while David Thewlis is her suffering husband.
THE LADY is as much about freedom as it is a love story of two people separated from each other not by choice (especially
when Aung’s husband is diagnosed with prostate cancer and the Burma
government denies his Visa into the country). Even though Luc Besson
is a great action film director and writer, he has created a moving and emotional tale that is on the same level as Steven
Spielberg’s historical movies.
THE MAKING OF THE LADY (about 27 minutes
long) is a behind-the-scenes featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew.
Also included is the theatrical trailer
for THE LADY.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Luc Besson can’t stay retired from directing movies and I am glad THE LADY is one of those
movies that convinced him to direct movies again. Michelle Yoeh has a powerful
performance in a tale about freedom and love. If you love true stories,
you will want to watch THE LADY.
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