Beyond Rangoon Burma. 1988. After the tragic death of her husband, Laura Bowman ( Patricia Arquette ) travels with his sister (Frances McDorman) to Rangoon where they witness a popular demonstration against the military dictatorship that oppresses the country. That is when his life takes a 180 degree turn and nothing will be as before. Arquette's character in Beyond Rangoon shows a brave, free woman, as close to what we know as a heroine .