My Old Addiction

The Luzhin Defence


(out of 5)

 is a Russian aristocrat visiting an Italian villa during a worldwide chess competition. While vacationing there with her mother, she meets eccentric chess genius , a solitary and aloof character who immediately falls in love with her and asks her to marry him. Deciding to hold off on happily ever after for at least a little while, Watson gets to know her oddball suitor and realizes that underneath his dishevelled clothing is the heart of a passionate man with a brilliant mind, particularly in the game of skill that has demanded so much of his talent for so long. Unfortunately, his obsession with chess is actually a threat to his life, particularly with his jealous ex-mentor () trying to manipulate him in order to destroy him and quash his insecurities forever. Marleen Gorris has made another beautiful, delicate drama, one that is elegantly photographed and excellently acted, particularly by the very fine Watson, and based on a novel by Lolitas Vladimir Nabokov.

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United Kingdom/France, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel Zashchita Luzhina by

Cinematography by

Produced by , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2000



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