The Luzhin Defence

Starring: Geraldine James, Emily Watson, Anna Friel, Kelly Hunter, John Turturro, Stuart Wilson, Emily Watson, John Turturro, Christopher Thompson, Mark Tandy

Director: Marleen Gorris
Release Date: April 20th, 2001
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Renaissance Films

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Synopsis: Set in the late 1920s, Luzhin is 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. Discovering his prodigious talent in boyhood overshadowed by his parents' failing marriage, Luzhin's lyrical passion for chess has become his refuge and rendered the real world a phantom. Already matched up by her family to the very suitable Comte de Stassard, when Natalia meets Luzhin she is drawn to the erratic genius and offers him a glimpse outside of his chess obsession. But it is a world he is not equipped to deal with, and his two worlds collide to tragic effect.

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