The Lady, a 2011 drama film, depicts the exceptional life of the famous Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Focusing on her life events, mainly the love story between her and her late husband Michael Aris, the plot is pitted against a fierce political backdrop where Suu Kyi is repeatedly persecuted and placed under house arrest for many years.
Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) is a world famous political activist, but the path to where she is today did not start out that way. Studying in the England, Suu Kyi met her husband Michael Aris (David Thewlis) while studying at the University of London. But when her mother’s poor health continued to deteriorate, she was forced to return to Burma.
While in Burma, multitudes of countrymen express their concern of their country and their loyalty to Syy Kyi’s late father, regarded as the ‘Father of Modern-Day Burma’. Troubled by the lack of democracy in the country, Suu Kyi starts a political opposition party much to dismay of the military. After she is detained by the military, a worldwide controversy begins as she is forced to motivate democracy throughout the world under house arrest over the next decade.
Directed by Luc Besson, The Lady premiered at the 36th International Toronto Film Festival to mostly positive reviews. As Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in 2010, Besson approached her and was actually allowed to meet with her. Suu Kyi said she would be hesitant to watch the film, citing she’s not sure if she would be up to yet, but did indeed ask for a copy.