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The Lady

The Lady

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Thu Dec 22 2011

Michelle Yeoh plays political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi in this biopic from Luc Besson. Focusing on her relationship with British husband Michael Aris (David Thewlis), it tells the story of their enforced separation while the pro-democracy campaigner was under house arrest in Burma. Opening with Michael’s discovery that he has cancer, it unravels the build-up to Suu’s heartbreaking decision not to visit him in Britain, for fear of never returning to the people who elected her their leader. In many ways, it’s the story of the man behind the woman, and terrific performances from both Thewlis and Yeoh help deliver a moving, mature love story. More complex is the telling of Aung San Suu Kyi’s political struggles: while her actions are inspiring, her character and motivations could use more screen time. The English dialogue also sounds stilted in parts, not helped by one-dimensional performances from the Burmese baddies. Nonetheless, this is a worthwhile tribute with unforgettable scenes and an awards-worthy performance from Yeoh.
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PG

UK release:

Fri Dec 30, 2011

Duration:

135 mins

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mok ahmad

having visited the rebels in burma off the record,this story is not for the modern day gadget lovers! it compels you to take a stock of ur life!syu kyi certainly does that!movie is top class!

mok ahmad

having visited the rebels in burma off the record,this story is not for the modern day gadget lovers! it compels you to take a stock of ur life!syu kyi certainly does that!movie is top class!

Paul

Much better than I was expecting and glad I didn't let reviews put me off either. I agree with the main thrust of the comments here.

JM

Wonderful performances from both Yeoh and Thewliss. Beautiful photography. Emotions played out superbly. Shows with real bathos the personal family side of this incredible true modern struggle for democracy. Awesome.

JM

Wonderful performances from both Yeoh and Thewliss. Beautiful photography. Emotions played out superbly. Shows with real bathos the personal family side of this incredible true modern struggle for democracy. Awesome.

john o sullivan

read an interview with the producers that indicates audiences are growing on word of mouth endorsement and some people thinking Meryl very good in it

david

Generally speaking the production values in this film are high - it is a feast for the eyes. Also the story itself - well the female part is inspiring. Now to my word of warning David Thewlis' performance, was for me, became a huge milestone around this film's neck. He plays the role of the long suffering (literally) husband like a some weird cross between Groucho Marx on acid and Uriah Heep. For me completely unsympathic because of this, I started to wince inside every time he was on the screen. So this could have been a contender - but sadly isn't.

Jean Westby

I saw this on wed . It's a stunning film that shows staggering bravery. Beautifully filmed and very moving

Jean Westby

I saw this on wed . It's a stunning film that shows staggering bravery. Beautifully filmed and very moving

Eva

I was extremely moved by this film and cannot understand the slating reviews I've read. I think this is an important film for people to see. We do not appreciate the freedoms we have in the west and more people need to stop and think about the true struggles going on in the world pass the two minute news report that we are now immune to. I urge anyone with influence to spread the word and not allow these reviewers to essentially suppress the voice of this film.

john o sullivan

I recommend te documentary 'Burma VJ'. I saw that a few days ago. It's a stunning film that shows staggering bravery. It's essential viewing if you were inspired by The Lady.

Ruth

Beautifully filmed and very moving. Michelle Yeoh gives a sincere and convincing performance as The Lady. Not mimicry. Showed the tough personal choices and sacrifice the whole Aris family faced as events overtook them. Some heart-stopping scenes such as Suu's speech and her inner strength apparent in facing up to armed guards. Glad I didn't let some of the reviews put me off. Of course there are more facets to this story but this was not the pale biopic the critics described. I notice I'm not alone in saying that! A memorable movie.

Ruth

Beautifully filmed and very moving. Michelle Yeoh gives a sincere and convincing performance as The Lady. Not mimicry. Showed the tough personal choices and sacrifice the whole Aris family faced as events overtook them. Some heart-stopping scenes such as Suu's speech and her inner strength apparent in facing up to armed guards. Glad I didn't let some of the reviews put me off. Of course there are more facets to this story but this was not the pale biopic the critics described. I notice I'm not alone in saying that! A memorable movie.

John O Sullivan

Amazing that every comment section on this film is filled with praise from people that have seen it Well another 4 stars from me It worked for me,an unbelievable story of courage It makes you think the world could be a better place if a few more Aung San Suu Kyi existed It also begs the question why America and Britain gets so involved with oil rich countries behaving badly and turns away from greater abuses elsewhere Outstanding in everyway and Yeoh puts in the performance of the year but wont even get nominated So if you could change youre 3 stars to 4 hopefully more people would see it,as I was nearly put off by the savage reviews elsewhere

Ian

I am not suwe which film the other reviewers saw but it wasn't the one that I and two others saw at the showing I went to yesterday. I am not sure what awards Yeoh is going to win but it won't be any mainstream people will have heard of. Don't get me wrong it isn't bad it just isn't very good. Yeoh is rather endearing at the start but she starts to grate. The script is not up to much and in the absence of script long lingering looks across the lake seem to count as emotion. Previously best known as the boss of the Ferrari formula 1 team Yeoh's husband gets a Producer nod. It is a vanity project not a bad one just not that good. Films about those still alive or recently dead have a very thin line to follow. When done well like Ben Kingsley in Ghandi or Denzel Washington as Malcolm X or as Steve Biko in Cry Freedom it can be uplifting and challenge you to do more. This sadly doesn't charge any real emotion. In two weeks we will see a master in Meryl Streep try to portray Margaret Thatcher. I think that film will garner more awards and love longer in the memory. Small intimate films can succeed if made well, the Kings Speech being an obvious example. If you want to see this I would suggest go soon because if the attendance yesterday was anything to go by it won't be on for long. If you like fact based dramas then it is worth a view and 3 stars. If you don't then I really wouldn't bother.

carol

Superb, marvellous, magnificent, gut wrenchingly moving and emotionally charged

carol

Superb, marvellous, magnificent, gut wrenchingly moving and emotionally charged

Mike

Given she’s been so much in the news in the past few years, I was really looking forward to seeing this movie. I found it very interesting - the kind of Asian political history that doesn’t get taught in schools, and background that isn’t given in news reports or articles. I thought the storyline and script were good, but was disappointed by David Thewlis’s acting. That said, Michelle Yeoh as Suu was excellent. Makes you appreciate what people are prepared to sacrifice for the sake of democracy - something that’s very relevant given the political situation in Syria. Well worth seeing if you take an interest in current affairs. 7/10 or 4 stars.