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- 2 hr 12 min
The Lady, released in 2011, is a biographical drama film directed by Luc Besson. The filmstars Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, and Jonathan Raggett in lead roles. The Lady tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of Burmese independence hero Aung San, who returns to her home country of Myanmar after studying and raising a family in the United Kingdom. Her husband, Michael Aris (David Thewlis), is a scholar at Oxford University who staying back in England to take care of their children.
Upon returning to Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) becomes involved in the pro-democracy movement and becomes a leader of the opposition to the country's military dictatorship. She leads a nonviolent struggle to bring democracy to Myanmar, which was one of the longest-running military dictatorships in the world.
The film follows Aung San Suu Kyi's life from her return to Myanmar in 1988 to her release from house arrest in 2010. She faces numerous challenges and hardships as she attempts to bring democracy to her country while separated from her family, who are refused entry to Myanmar. The government repeatedly tries to silence her and arrest her followers, leading to several confrontations between the protesters, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, and the military.
The Lady also delves into the relationship between Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband Michael Aris, who remains in England throughout much of the film. The couple communicates only through letters and occasional phone calls, and the separation takes a toll on both Aung San Suu Kyi and Michael, who becomes ill while campaigning for his wife's cause.
Michelle Yeoh gives a stunning performance as Aung San Suu Kyi, effortlessly embodying the grace and determination that made the real-life figure a true inspiration to many. David Thewlis is also remarkable as Michael Aris, bringing depth and humanity to the character who remains a constant source of strength for Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Lady is a poignant and inspiring film that sheds light on the struggle for democracy in Myanmar and the bravery of those who fought against the military dictatorship. The film's stunning cinematography by Thierry Arbogast and serene score by Ãric Serra add to the overall effect of the film, immersing the audience in the beauty and turmoil of Myanmar.
Overall, The Lady is a moving tribute to a remarkable woman who became a symbol of hope and change for her country. The film serves as a testament to the power of nonviolence and the ability of one person to make a difference.
The Lady is a 2012 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 12 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.0 and a MetaScore of 43.