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The Lady
The Lady

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Michelle Yeoh, Jean Todt
Apr 13, 2012
R, 2 hr. 12 min.


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Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Jean Todt, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse, Johathan Woodhouse, Susan Wooldridge, Benedict Wong, Htun Lin, Agga Poechit
Director: Luc Besson
Rated: R
Running Time: 2 hr. 12 min.
Genre: Drama
Theater Release: Apr 13, 2012
DVD Release: Oct 02, 2012
Synopsis: The Lady is 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. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today. The Lady was written over a period of three years by Rebecca Frayn. Interviews with key figures in Aung San Suu Kyi's entourage enabled her to reconstruct for the first time the true story of Burma's national heroine. -- (C) Cohen Media Group

Critic Reviews

  • Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
    The Lady is a slog, a two-and-a-half hour, painted-on-wood exercise in political iconography.
  • John Anderson, Newsday
    "The Lady" is a two-hour trip into earnestness, from which audiences will want a little liberation of their own.
  • Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
    The Lady is little more than a history lesson - although a beautifully presented one - wrapped in the pink gloss of a G-rated potboiler evidenced in Suu Kyi's and Michael's storybook romance.
  • Adam Bernstein, Washington Post
    A heavy-handed attempt to sanctify one of the most dignified and uncompromising politicians and human rights champions of recent times.
  • Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
    [It] does indeed deal with a real life, but follows so faithfully the traditional shape of film biography that it feels less convincing.
  • Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    This hagiography of Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, is earnest, civilized and borderline unendurable.
  • Kyle Smith, New York Post
    An appropriately respectful and dignified biopic.
  • Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
    "The Lady" is a portrait in moral and physical courage, a sort of analysis of what constitutes greatness.
  • Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
    The screen version falls afoul of a laggardly pace, an earnest tone and a surfeit of domesticity.
  • Soren Anderson, Seattle Times
    Yeoh is perfectly cast. Slender and graceful, her physical resemblance to Suu Kyi is remarkable.
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