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The Lady [Blu-ray] (2011)

Michelle Yeoh , David Thewlis , Luc Besson  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse, Susan Wooldridge
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Cohen Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008I34Y2Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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While Aung San Suu Kyi becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement the relationship she shares with her husband struggles to endure against a background of political turmoil and sacrifice.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
The story of Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi has surely got to be one of the most compelling, fascinating, and inspirational tales of fortitude and commitment in the arena of international politics. Winning the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggles to bring democracy to her war-torn land, Suu Kyi gave up everything (including family and freedom) for a cause and a country. It is an epic ongoing tale, one that would surely make an incredible film. Luc Besson, perhaps best known for his flair for stylistic action, takes on "The Lady" and it is a real change-of-pace from his usual fare. The wisest decision that Besson made was casting Michelle Yeoh in the leading role. She brings a tremendous dignity to the proceedings and her calm AND gravitas make her quite believable as Burma's national heroine. "The Lady" doesn't play as a straight-up biography, though. The focus of the film is Suu Kyi's family. I think this is an interesting idea to explore, but also one that I didn't think truly worked. By splitting the plot lines, we end up gaining very little insight into Suu Kyi or the political climate of Burma. If you aren't intimately familiar with the story, you might question why Suu Kyi is so passionate to the cause and just what her specific contributions are.

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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"The Lady," a biographical picture of Aung San Suu Kyi, is directed by Luc Besson, best known for his "La Femme Nikita," "Léon: The Professional" and "The Fifth Element." Michelle Yeoh plays the role of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese political and human rights activist. David Thewlis is her husband Dr. Michael Aris. (Thewlis also plays his twin brother Anthony.)

"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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Amazon Instant Video
The story of Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi has surely got to be one of the most compelling, fascinating, and inspirational tales of fortitude and commitment in the arena of international politics. Winning the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggles to bring democracy to her war-torn land, Suu Kyi gave up everything (including family and freedom) for a cause and a country. It is an epic ongoing tale, one that would surely make an incredible film. Luc Besson, perhaps best known for his flair for stylistic action, takes on "The Lady" and it is a real change-of-pace from his usual fare. The wisest decision that Besson made was casting Michelle Yeoh in the leading role. She brings a tremendous dignity to the proceedings and her calm AND gravitas make her quite believable as Burma's national heroine. "The Lady" doesn't play as a straight-up biography, though. The focus of the film is Suu Kyi's family. I think this is an interesting idea to explore, but also one that I didn't think truly worked. By splitting the plot lines, we end up gaining very little insight into Suu Kyi or the political climate of Burma. If you aren't intimately familiar with the story, you might question why Suu Kyi is so passionate to the cause and just what her specific contributions are.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
A very well done display of traces of Burma's past and present, a history like many others that rarely find their place and opportunity to be exhibited on mainstream movie markets.
Published 26 days ago by Andrea Markulin
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film!
Amazing film that tells an incredible story of a women and her country fighting for freedom. Very emotional and moving.
Published 1 month ago by Jamie L Reinhardt
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully acted evocation of Burma's traumas in recent decades.
Skillful rendition of Aung San Suu Kyi's personal story to dramatically illustrate Burma's ongoing struggles toward democracy. Star is perfect for the part.
Published 1 month ago by B. Pace
5.0 out of 5 stars Aung San Suu Kyi: Love and Peace Follow Her
The director Luc Besson created a film that depicted the true essence and beauty of Aung San Suu Kyi. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharon L. Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful history of the land and Lady
The history mixed with the landscape and the emotion makes this a must-see if you want to understand the ethos behind the struggle for democracy.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Elizabeth Hutson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great in all respects.
Very revealing film. Beautiful cinematography, great actors, and heart touching-breaking story. Would like more like this, of this quality. Glad you sent it.

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Published 2 months ago by Jay Verneuil
2.0 out of 5 stars A nice love story
I thought it would tell the story of the Burmese people politically but it was more of a love story.
Published 3 months ago by Carolyn Kurbonov
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie...great story...
Nicely filmed movie with touching story! The movie also helps people to know more about the country and it's history...
Published 5 months ago by Steven Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars Voices Raised for The Lady
I have long admired Aung San Suu Kyi. She is a woman of unbending will, who firmly believes in the good of people and the power of compassion over violence. Read more
Published 6 months ago by shaun brammer
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall Good
This is no documentary but have to give credit to Michelle that she tried her best. It is worth watching.
Published 6 months ago by aurora
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