The Luzhin Defence is a 2000 drama film directed by Marleen Gorris and based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov. Alexander Luzhin (John Turturro), a socially awkward but genius chess player, competes for the world championship in Italy. Amidst the intense competition, Luzhin becomes romantically involved with Natalia (Emily Watson), a woman he meets at the resort. As the pressures of the tournament build, Luzhin's traumatic past resurfaces, threatening both his mental stability and his burgeoning relationship with Natalia. Critics praised the performances.
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