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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Michelle Yeoh
David Thewlis
Jonathan Raggett
Directors
Luc Besson
Screenwriters
Rebecca Frayn
Running Time
132 minutes

The Lady
Besson's Burmese days


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Plot
Rangoon, 1990. Burmese democrat Aung San Suu Kyi (Yeoh) is encouraged to stand in the country's free elections. Despite winning a popular mandate she's place under indefinite house arrest by the repressive regime. Meanwhile, in Oxford, her supportive husband (Thewlis) and two sons wait for word of when they might see her again...


Verdict
Luc Besson makes the mistake of showing too much respect to his subject, removing the grey areas that make for intriguing biopics. The central performances of Thewlis and Yeoh are the high points in an earnest two-and-a-bit hours.


Reviewed by Phil de Semlyen

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