The Lady is about the Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi who is very important to the country's history of taking steps towards democracy. She's still alive, and I recently heard that those still holding on to the country's power keeping find up reasons to prevent her from being the most powerful person in the country.
Aung San Suu Kyi's father was very important to Burma's history after the country gained independence from Great Britain. He was murdered by a political rival when she was little, and most of her life was fairly normal until she returned to Burma after becoming a wife and mother. People have asked her to lead the nation towards democracy.
But when her party wins the election, the military-junta instead put her into house arrest, and put most of her colleagues in prison. Her English husband and their children are sent back to England. As the years go by, her family gets less chances to visit. While she wants to help the people of her land, her enemies hope she'll leave the country to never return again.
I was a bit shocked to learn that a lot of critics did not like the movie (though apparently not the case in Asia), but I thought it was a good movie. Especially as Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis were nearly perfect in their roles. My wife Daisy doesn't nearly appreciate topics such as politics and history like I do, but she also enjoyed the movie too.