DVD: The Lady (12)


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"Millions upon millions are counting on her," explains Michael Aris (David Thewlis) to his twin brother (also Thewlis) regarding his imprisoned Burmese wife.

Luc Besson, famed for not demonstrating any sort of restraint, shows admirable self-control in this well-intentioned but bland biopic about Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh). The human-rights heroine sacrifices the serenity of family life in England with her academic husband and two sons to lead the struggle for democracy in Burma. Thewlis is convincing as decent, long-suffering Michael, but Yeoh fails to capture this courageous woman's substance and charisma.