YeohVerticalAung San Suu Kyi BioPic wastes the story of the extraordinary woman behind Burma’s democracy movement, & wallows instead on her “personal sacrifices” (separation from her husband, time stolen from her children, etc). We’re sure all this is true (more or less) & most commendable, but without telling us what she has been trying to accomplish, it all seems rather pointless ūüôĀ¬† Click HERE for our FF2 Haiku.


The Lady should be the story of an extraordinary woman: Burmese Democracy Advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Instead it’s a rather pedestrian story about someone named “Suu” (pronounced “Sue” with a slight lisp by her loving husband).

Suu should be in London with family, but instead Suu choses to be in Myanmar, where she’s kept under house arrest by¬†a military dictatorship. Very sad for Suu’s¬†poor husband “Michael Aris” (played by David Thewlis); very sad for Suu’s poor sons “Kim Aris” (Jonathan Raggett) and “Alexander Aris” (Jonathan Woodhouse) who must grow-up without their mother. And oh how tragic when Michael is diagnosed with¬†cancer and Suu can’t be home to nurse him…

I am not immune to human sentiment and I’m certain this was a devastating turn¬†of events for the Aris family.¬†But I am equally certain that we know the name Aung San Suu Kyi today because she is¬†the leader of Myanmar’s¬† democracy movement, and that’s the story I wanted to see.

My bet is that the filmmakers, director Luc Besson and screenwriter Rebecca Frayn, wanted to tell¬†me¬†the story I wanted to see, but too many people on the money side were afraid that the true story of Aung San Suu Kyi’s remarkable life¬†wouldn’t sell.

Michelle Yeoh certainly does her best with what little she’s allowed to do. As Aung San Suu Kyi, she is¬†graceful, elegant¬†and soft-spoken, but harder to crush than the most brilliant diamond. This should have been the role of a lifetime for her… but instead it’s a lost opportunity. What a shame!

But at the end of the day, something is better than nothing (or as my husband & partner Rich would say: “Never make the perfect the enemy of the good!”), so see The Lady and then start here to learn more about the inspiring life of¬†Aung San Suu Kyi:¬†

Entering Years of House Arrest

Click HERE for an NPR interview which provides more of the background missing from the film itself.

Photo Credits: Magali Bragard © 2011 EuropaCorp

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