A few days ago I felt that when biographies of people’s lives were made into movies,their life seems to be short change by directors not really capturing their life achievements. Well I’m glad to say I’ve been proven wrong.
I’m not saying this is a true account of Aung San Suu Kyi’s life, I think that would be harder to portray into English and be successful. What Luc Bresson did, was he had a story he wanted to tell. Everything else just folded around it with out too much complication.
The main story was of Suu’s relationship with her English husband and the hardship of her very aggressive country”Burma”. I guess if you don’t know the lady then this film give you a quick briefing on how remarkable she is. If you do know her then there is not much you are going to learn about the history of Burma. What you will learn is, the price one pays for love.
I didn’t really know too much about her marriage to Michael Aris who she had two sons with, news bulletins tends to leave out these parts. As the story nears its end there love is tested to the very brink. Very sad stuff if my girlfriends uncontrollable tears where anything to go by.
Michelle Yeoh is outstanding as Aung San Suu Kyi, a very believable port-trail of the lady. David Thewlis is also fantastic. I had a translator to help with the Burmese, as there was no subs, but most of the language is English, you can fill in the gaps quite easy.