Luc Besson has often depicted strong women, but this is the first time since »Jeanne D’Arc« that his heroine is based on a real person. »The Lady« is the daunting, exciting and tragically absurd story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her road to power. We follow her as she faces the autocratic response, long-lasting house arrest and iconic status as a Beacon of Freedom in an oppressive state. Parallel to the official Aung, the private individual is unveiled before our eyes. She faces the agonizing choice between standing by her Burmese countrymen or her husband who is dying of cancer and their two sons in England.

Besson defies a general understanding of concepts like love and freedom: What makes Aung sacrifice her life for a cause with an uncertain outcome? This stunning, heart-stirring film, tells the analogical story about a struggle between the Word and the Steel, with Love as the ultimate determinant. Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis are exceptional as the principle characters. The film received standing ovations during the screening at the Toronto Film Festival.

The film is shown out of competition.

The Lady poster
Title
The Lady
Director
Luc Besson
Country
France/ UK
Length
145 min
Festival
2011
Section
Open Zone
Language
English
Subtitle
Swedish subtitles
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2011
Cast
Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett
Producer
Luc Besson, Andy Harries, Jean Todt
Script
Rebecca Frayn

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