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Rated R · 127 minutes · 2012

Biography, Drama
Arguably watchable biopic of Burmese democracy figurehead Aug San Suu Kyi gives actress Michelle Yeoh a chance to display her character-acting prowess, as the title ex-pat gives up her family life in England to return to her troubled homeland and lead a twenty-year campaign for human rights and open government. It’s a movie to be looked at, admired, even lived up to, but ultimately to be put away and forgotten, or perhaps installed in a traffic circle, like a statue. It doesn’t rouse the spirit. It barely breathes. That’s the fault of director Luc Besson (Angel-A; Leon: The Professional; La Femme Nikita), fully aware he’s framing the legend of an important world figure. But he and screenwriter Rebecca Frayn never seem to get under the skin of their subject. The epic-sized story defeats them, if not necessarily Yeoh. Costarring David Thewlis as Suu Kyi’s husband, British professor Michael Aris. (127 min.)
Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse, Susan Wooldridge, Benedict Wong, Htun Lin and William Hope


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