General · 4th November 2012
On Friday, November 9th, 7:45, Friday Flicks presents The Lady at the Quadra Community Centre. Rated: PG
"Tell me a story," young Aung San Suu Kyi asks her father in the opening scene of THE LADY. As her father recounts his storied past, we see the golden land that was Burma unfold on the screen. But the Burma of her father’s youth seems gone forever when he and his supporters are assassinated and Suu Kyi grows up in a climate of violence and fear. In 1990 she stands in the country's free elections and wins the popular mandate, only to be placed under indefinite house arrest.
Michelle Yeoh plays Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi with the stoicism of Joan of Arc. Embodying Suu Kyi with courage, dignity and authority, Malaysia’s Michelle Yeoh illuminates her role. Between Suu Kyi’s maternal air and quiet demeanor is an ordinary, intelligent, and principled woman, but nothing less than a saint compared to the military junta she opposes – a power hungry mob with no ideology or end goal beyond crushing all opposition with violence and holding onto power.