The Lady (Film)

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 February, 2012, 12:00am


French director Luc Besson's The Lady tells the story of Myanmar's iron-willed democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh), who lives in Britain with her husband and two sons, returns to Yangon (formerly Rangoon) to visit her ailing mother.

She is the daughter of the country's iconic freedom fighter Aung San and is thought to pose a threat to the ruling junta.

During her stay, Suu Kyi sees her people cruelly oppressed and even killed by the army. On the advice of a fortuneteller, Myanmar's leading general tries to get Suu Kyi to leave. But she decides to stay and begin her own campaign for the upcoming elections. She is placed under house arrest and this sets her on a course to become a pro-democracy icon.

Yeoh is an elegant actress. In a movie full of slow-mo shots and melodramatic music, she aptly conveys Suu Kyi's pain.

Yeoh's performance aside, the movie is below average. Most of the crowd scenes are make-believe and amateurish.

David Thewlis, who plays Suu Kyi's English husband, is guilty of over-acting.

But the biggest failing is that the clunky script struggles to find a focal point.

Yet because of its indomitable heroine's inspiring story, The Lady needs to be seen.