Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Simplistic View of a Fight for Freedom

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Simplistic View of a Fight for Freedom

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THE LADY Cert 12a, 132 mins THE lady in question is Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel prize-winning opponent of the Burmese military junta. And what a story director Luc Besson has a chance to tell. If it were fiction, you would hardly believe it.

Imprisoned in her own house for years after easily winning a democratic election which was then annulled, she was unable to see or to speak on the phone to her British husband and children.

Finally freed under stringent conditions, she was offered an escape route out of Burma to visit her husband in England who was then dying of cancer. This she refused to take, knowing it would be unlikely that she would be let back in to continue her fight for democracy. The controversy over this decision is barely touched upon, nor is her political position elaborated. Was she closer to her countrymen than her family? The question is never answered even if it is posed.

Instead we get an uncritical biography which centres at first on her husband and children and then on her fight for rights with the junta. …

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