access CINEMA release Our Children opens in Irish Film Institute and Triskel Christchurch from Friday May 10th
access>CINEMA releases the Belgian drama Our Children (A Perdre La Raison) at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin and Triskel Christchurch Cork from today, May 10th. + more
Lady, The (2011)
Director Luc Besson
Michelle Yeoh plays political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi in this biopic from Luc Besson. Focusing on her relationship with British husband Michael Aris (David Thewlis), it tells the story of their enforced separation while the pro-democracy campaigner was under house arrest in Burma. Opening with Michael’s discovery that he has cancer, it unravels the build-up to Suu’s heartbreaking decision not to visit him in Britain, for fear of never returning to the people who elected her their leader. In many ways, it’s the story of the man behind the woman, and terrific performances from both Thewlis and Yeoh help deliver a moving, mature love story. More complex is the telling of Aung San Suu Kyi’s political struggles: while her actions are inspiring, her character and motivations could use more screen time. The English dialogue also sounds stilted in parts, not helped by one-dimensional performances from the Burmese baddies. Nonetheless, this is a worthwhile tribute with unforgettable scenes and an awards-worthy performance from Yeoh. - Anna Smith / Time Out London
Running Time 132m
Luc Besson was born in Paris. He is a writer, director and producer with over a hundred credits to his name. His feature films include Subway (85), The Big Blue (88), Nikita (90), Léon: The Professional (94), The Fifth Element (97), Joan of Arc (99), Angel-A (05) and The Lady (11).