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59 Ratings

The Luzhin Defence

Directed by Marleen Gorris
France, United Kingdom, 2000
Drama, Romance


Set in the late 1920s, “The Luzhin Defence” tells the story of a shambling, unworldly chess Grand Master who arrives in the Italian Lakes to play the match of his life and unexpectedly finds the love of his life.

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The Luzhin Defence Directed by Marleen Gorris

Awards & Festivals

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2001 | Nominee: British Actress of the Year

British Independent Film Awards

2000 | Nominee: Best Actress

Critics reviews

The Luzhin Defence tries for some of that Merchant-Ivory gloss, planting most of its action in what appears to be an Alpine villa. There are certainly no hints of feminist rage. I’m not saying there should be, but a little irony — even a few pinches of Nabokov’s irony, which is by no means feminist — might have made the unqualified maternal devotion a young debutante shows a disheveled, socially maladjusted, and emotionally unstable chess master a little more tolerable.
May 04, 2001
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