The Lady [Blu-ray]
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The movie begins with a bit of back story. We see Suu Kyi's father (a hero of the independence movement) murdered as Burma is presented as a land ruled by force. We then fast forward to Suu Kyi playing the role of an average British housewife. She has a perfect family, her husband (David Thewlis) is an Oxford professor and her two teenage boys are vaguely interchangeable. When her mother back home in Burma becomes ill, she returns to her homeland. Due to her heritage, she is held up as a prominent face for reform.Read more ›
"The Lady" starts in 1947. General Aung San was assassinated when his daughter Aung San Suu Kyi was only two years old. About forty years later, Aung San Suu Kyi, now living in Oxford with her husband and two sons, receives a call from Burma. Her mother is ill and in hospital. Aung San Suu Kyi flies back to Burma, where, witnessing the student protests and the bloody suppression of it, she decides to stay and become a leader of the movement for democracy.
Yes, it's Luc Besson and his usual collaborators cinematographer Thierry Arbogast and composer Eric Serra. Unlike in most of his films (including his recent "Arthur" trilogy), his new film is not about a fantastical universe or underworld based on his wild imagination, but about a real-life person who is alive and in the middle of her political career. Actually, Besson made a "bio-pic" once, but I don't think historical accuracy was priority No.1 in making "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" for him.
While following her life as a political activist in Burma, Besson also tries to tell us a story of her relationship with her husband Michael Aris. In this way we get to see both her public and private face but despite the film's touching finale, "The Lady" suffers from its uneven pace that sometimes feels rushed.Read more ›
Like much of the world, I am a long-time admirer of Aung San Suu Kyi. I became familiar with this incredibly inspirational woman from just reading news articles about her in THE WASHINGTON POST. This film admirably fleshes out these biographical details, into an extremely compelling story about her late-life activist endeavors on behalf of the "Burmese" people, a role she did not seek. But she accepted this role, with unbelievable self-sacrifice on the part of herself and of her loving family.
Aung San Suu Kyi's petite physical attractiveness and captivating yet disarming personal presence, suitably complements her humanistic character. The actress Michelle Yeoh is something of an Aung San Suu Kyi look-alike, and is a perfect choice to portray the attributes and accomplishments of Aung San Suu Kyi. Michelle Yeoh's charismatic performance of this role is outstanding.
Maybe I love Aung San Suu Kyi because she always wears flowers in her hair - always. Remember the famous song lyric from the 1960s, "Be sure to wear flowers in your hair!"
I was fortunate to view this film shortly before Aung San Suu Kyi made her triumphal visit to Europe in the summer of 2012, in part to receive a long delayed bestowal of her Nobel Peace Prize, and to hear parts of her acceptance speech.Read more ›
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What an incredible story to be relived on screen! Michelle Yeoh projects Aung San Suu Kyi in a beautiful way. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Maria, IL
Great film about an inspiring woman and a fascinating country with a tragic historyPublished 2 days ago by K. P.
I enjoyed the movie. It pretty much told in a motion picture what Wikipedia describes in words about the great lady.Published 14 days ago by Yvonne
Inspirational and shows enduring love for her family yet the struggle for her enduring love for the people of Burma. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas H. Madden
Wow! What a powerful film! A Lady in power hoping and fighting for peace and not giving in to violence. I really enjoyed this film, it really moved me. I highly recommend it!Published 2 months ago by Kelly Levy
Amazing movie. Loved it, heart wrenching. She was such a brave woman and so was her family.Published 2 months ago by Karen A. Workman
Gripping portrayal (small peek anyhow) of her personal life and the sacrifices she has made. Scant on the background and reasons for the conflict and the persecution in BurmaPublished 2 months ago by carli