Set in the late 20s, it tells the story of a shy, naive and timid Grandmaster Chess (John Turturro) who travels to northern Italy to play the game of his life. Unexpectedly, which eventually you find the love of your life.
The talent of the young Luzhin had developed during a childhood marked by stormy marriage of his parents, prompting the boy to make a lyrical obsession with chess in his only refuge from the outside world. Natalia, despite suffering family pressures to be related to the potentate Count of Stassard, immediately attracted by the erratic but Luzhin prodigious talent after their first meeting. She managed to open the eyes of the man towards a world outside, than that which is contained in a chess table. But Luzhin lacks defenses against real-world attacks, and two universes collide with tragic consequences.
The most important theoretical innovation of The Luzhin Defence is the end of the adjourned game. It resumes and play by Natalia own annotations Luzhin. Implausible, of course. Pure fiction. The tournaments do not work well. Gorris and screenwriter Peter Berry have not dared to end the film with the tragic suicide of Luzhin and substitute have added a happy ending. "
Production year: 2000
Country: France, United Kingdom
Address: Marleen Gorris
Cast: John Turturro, Emily Watson, Geraldine James, Stuart Wilson, Christopher Thompson, Fabio Sartor, Peter Blythe, Orla Brady
Plot: Vladimir Nabokov (novel "Zashchita Luzhina")
Writer: Peter Berry
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Photography: Bernard Lutic
Distributed on DVD: Manga Films
Right audience: young adults, not recommended for children under 13 years
DVD Zone: Zone 2
DVD Extras: Spanish and English 5.1. Shooting scenes. Interviews. Trailer. Biofilmography.
Contents of [0-4]: Action 1, Love 2, Tears 2 Laughs 0, 1 Sex, Violence 0