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Review: 'The Lady' A Glossy, Poignant But Ultimately Underwhelming Portrait Of Pro-Democracy Activist Aung San Suu Kyi

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • April 10, 2012 2:00 PM
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If there’s one thing that Luc Besson proved with “The Messenger,” it’s that his melodramatic, spectacle-laden sensibility is not particularly well-suited to serious or credible stories. Nevertheless, the director mostly abets himself of making the same mistakes twice with “The Lady,” a poignant if underwhelming portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese expat who became a pro-democracy activist in the late 1980s, as Rangoon struggled under the tyranny of a totalitarian military regime. Aided by terrific performances by David Thewlis and especially Michelle Yeoh as Suu Kyi, Besson’s “The Lady” is a glossy prestige picture that’s appropriately inspiring, but some may find its stiff-lipped nobility slightly too bloodless to leave a lasting impression.

In Theaters: See What The 'Outrage' Is All About As 'Shame' & 'Sleeping Beauty' Seduce Theatres

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • December 2, 2011 3:45 PM
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Watch: This Is What Luc Besson's Oscar Bait Looks Like, The Trailer For 'The Lady'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 1:45 AM
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It looks like at the age of 52, director Luc Besson is ready to move on from his testosteron- fueled action pics and crayon-outlined children's entertainment. He's ready to get a hug from the folks who give out golden statues, and to try and make that happen, he's delivering "The Lady."

TIFF Films 'Wuthering Heights,' 'The Lady' And 'Your Sister's Sister' All Find Distribution

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 15, 2011 7:46 AM
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Plus IFC Take Genre Film 'The Incident' & Abel Ferrera's '4.44: Last Day On Earth'; Sundance Selects Nabs Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna'Many sites have been running stories about the initial buying drought at TIFF, but the situation looks as if it's turning around considerably as more deals are being made.

'The Artist' Gets An Appropriately Elegant Poster; Shepard Fairey Designs One Sheet For 'The Lady'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 10:41 AM
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Uninspired by boring blockbuster movie posters all summer? Well here's some classy work that should chase those blues away.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Luc Besson's Drama 'The Lady' Starring Michelle Yeoh

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 4:29 AM
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So, Luc Besson has directed a political drama. We're not kidding. The hugely successful producer behind action fare like “The Transporter,” “Taken,” and “District 13” and the director of “The Fifth Element” and “The Professional” has gone ahead and made a movie about Burmese pro-democracy politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi titled "The Lady." Perhaps he's trying to make some kind of karmic amends for making us endure so much schlock? Either way, we're fascinated and if this first teaser trailer is anything to go by, Besson is preparing something somewhat majestic in scope.

New Photos Of Michelle Yeoh As Aung San Suu Kyi In Luc Besson's 'The Lady'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2011 11:06 AM
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Believe or not, Luc Besson, the hugely successful producer behind action fare like "The Transporter" franchise, "Taken," and the "District 13" films, and the director of "The Fifth Element" and "The Professional" is now directing a film about Burmese pro-democracy politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Seriously. Shot last fall and due to hit theaters overseas later this year, we're now getting our first major look at "The Lady."

Polanski's 'Carnage,' Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method' Set For Premieres At Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 1:07 AM
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New Films From Todd Solondz, Steven Soderbergh, Steve McQueen, Michael Winterbottom, Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, Tomas Alfredson, Yorgos Lanthimos & More All In Contention Too

First Look At Luc Besson's Aung San Suu Kyi Biopic 'The Lady'; David Thewlis Joins Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2010 3:44 AM
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Film Is Being Made Without Aung San Suu Kyi's PermissionAung San Suu Kyi has become an icon for democratic freedom. After spending fifteen years under house arrest in Burma after leading the National League for Democracy in an election victory of the ruling military junta in 1990, her struggle gained international attention and last month, she was finally released from house arrest. That's a pretty simple summary for a battle that over the years has mobilized student groups, human rights advocates and more as they leaned on Burma (and any corporations doing business with the nation) to do the right thing and recognize the injustice being perpetrated on Suu Kyi. So it's not a complete surprise that her story is being prepped for the big screen.

Luc Besson Directing 'Into The Light,' A Biopic Of Activist Aung San Suu Kyi Starring Michelle Yeoh

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2010 3:02 AM
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Word has been kicking around about the project for the last couple of days and now the trades have confirmed that Luc Besson is currently hard at work shooting "Into The Light," a biopic on Burmese pro-democracy politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

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