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The Lady [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse, Susan Wooldridge
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2012
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006E04D1C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,383 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Luc Besson directs this biopic about Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, played in the film by Michelle Yeoh. Suu Kyi spent almost 15 years under house arrest for leading a non-violent uprising against Burma's long-standing military dictatorship. With the unwavering support of her husband, Oxford academic Michael Aris (David Thewlis), Suu Kyi sacrifices the peace and security of family life in England to lead the struggle to bring democracy to her native country, and put an end to the violence, corruption and human rights abuses that have come to characterise Burmese politics.

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Director Luc Besson proves for the umpteenth time that he’s not one to be restricted by genre with The Lady. It’s a film that tells the real life story of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel-prize winning campaigner who fought for democracy in Burma. The film starts back in her childhood, before picking up with her happily married in England. By this time, she’s played by Michelle Yeoh, with David Thewlis stepping into the shoes of her husband.

Events conspire to take her back to Burma, though, and The Lady then concerns itself as much with the separation of husband and wife as it does the political situation. That makes it a bumpy film, and sometimes an unfocused one. Yet Besson’s intentions are so strong, and his meticulous detail so obvious, that the film’s issues are easy to forgive. Furthermore, Michelle Yeoh clearly devoted herself to the lead role, comfortably giving the best performance of her career. David Thewlis? He’s excellent, too, as always.

There’s clearly a better film to be made out of the story of Aung San Suu Kyi, but that doesn’t make The Lady a bad one. What’s more, thanks to Yeoh’s magnificent central turn, even in its weaker moments, there’s usually something of interest happening. The Lady has problems, certainly, but it has some genuine ambition, too. --Jon Foster


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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By daisyrock on 15 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
A very powerful film that resists the temptation to drift into sentimentality. The story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her unlikely rise to leader of the democratic movement in Burma is told in a series of flashbacks, starting with her life as the wife of an academic in Oxford. The visual contrast between the grey and white stillness of the English world and the red and green drama of Burma is striking - and captivating. And the violence that results in Suu deciding to stay in Burma is sensitively if shockingly portrayed - the drama is in the sudden and unnecessary nature of the violence, not in excessive blood and gore. I thought the dialogue and the acting were great. If anything, the fact that some have found it less than engaging might be down to the fact that it's so realistic - not full of the neat soundbites of so many Hollywood movies. I felt a bit stunned at the end of the film. Of course, there's no neat or happy ending. And the real footage of Burmese monks protesting in 2007 that's cut in with the 'actor' monks is particularly moving. A real powerhouse film. Loved it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Loopylu on 16 Jun 2012
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This is an amazing film, and having worked in Burma and on the borders was of great interest to me. It is challenging and sad, but reflects something of the strength of this incredible woman. I was hoping it would hit the cinemas more than it did, It beats the Iron lady (Mararet Thatchers story...which came out simultaneously)for me any day.This is about a true hero whos life and everything she cared about was put aside for the sake of truth, democracy and justice.... I would one day want to meet this legendary lady. Made me want to go back again.Fantastic!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 April 2012
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This is a delightful film, it's not perfect and of course is as much the story of the relationship between The Lady and her husband as a comment on the politics of Burma. But it casts some light and might be viewed alongside reading an excellent new biography "The lady and the peacock" or, for those just wanting to know something about what it is like to visit this awesome country, my own book "Beguiling Burma" (see Amazon's book section)which presents a more light-hearted picture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Birbeck on 5 May 2012
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great film about a great woman. brilliant acting and most convincing portrayal of 'the Lady'. lets hope the future is now bright for Burma.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Feb 2013
Format: Blu-ray
In this excellent Anglo-French production, director Luc Besson has chosen to tell the story of Aung San Suu Kyi through the experience of her marriage to Oxford academic Michael Aris (an intelligent and sensitive performance by David Thewlis). The film explores the heartache of a family life characterised by long separations due to Suu's choice to commit her life first and foremost to democracy and civil rights in her native Burma, and the resultant choices and sacrifices which both agree to endure for the cause.

What might in the hands of a less skilled director have turned into a political polemic, or worse, a worthy but uninvolving biopic, has become under Besson's skilled direction a truly great film with a strong storyline and real emotional power. The action see-saws between Suu's struggles against the regime in Burma and Michael's safe, suburban academic life in Oxford, highlighting his unquestioning support for her decision even though it means she is absent from her children growing through adolescence, and of course from him. Whilst stopping short of doing Suu actual harm because her high public profile would bring down the outrage of the international community, the military regime does everything possible to make her leave Burma `voluntarily' - but she refuses to go, knowing that if she were to leave, new laws would be framed by the regime to ensure she would never be allowed back and she could be far less effective outside the country.

The audience is not spared graphic images of the horrors perpetrated by the Burmese regime. The violence however is in no way gratuitous, but essential to the action and to the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Chandler on 23 July 2012
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The story of Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the great struggles of out time and Michelle Yeoh takes the part quite brilliantly. The settings in Thailand are very well done and the murderous generals portrayed with great skill. I felt however that the role of her UK family were out of proportion to the business in Burma and rather over done. They were not easy roles to play and were as well acted as the script allowed, there was just too much of it and all a bit too emotional. I would have liked more on the political behind the scenes activities to put pressure on the generals which was rather skated over. The lack of optional subtitles for the hearing impaired is also to be regretted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yohji on 23 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
The true story of how the Burmese peace campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi was forced to choose between tending to her British husband who was dying of cancer and fighting for democracy in her country.

This is a worthy but boring film, a sort of liberal Saint's life. The basic story, with that terrible choice to be made, is fine but it proceeds at a snail's pace, overwhelmed by drippy piano music and its sense of righteousness.

For a revolutionary film, it lacks any energy, relying on its leads acting instead. They're fine but struggle with a story which all too often descends into squabbling over visas and trying to get a decent telephone line.

It also simplifies the politics too much: her father was a far more complex figure than is made out, whilst all those nice monks at the end are the same ones currently persecuting Muslims for their faith.

Altogether, it's a nice film but not a very good one.
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