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Left Luggage (1998)

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Against a background of holocaust memories, a liberal Jewish girl becomes the nanny to a retarded strict Jewish young boy, and grows fond of him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Chaya Silberschmidt
Adam Monty ...
Simcha Kalman
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Mrs. Kalman
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Mr. Kalman
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Yacov Apfelschnitt (as Chaim Topol)
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Mrs. Silberschmidt, Chaya's Mother (as Marianne Saegebrecht)
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Mr. Silberschmidt, Chaya's Father
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Concierge
Heather Weeks ...
Sofie
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Mrs. Goldman
Lex Goudsmit ...
Mr. Goldman
Krijn ter Braak ...
Grandfather
Mieke Verheyden ...
Grandmother (as Mieke Verheijden)
Noura Van der Berg ...
Selma
Lana Broekaert ...
Chaya (7 Years)
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While escaping from Nazis during the WWII, a Jewish man dug suitcases full of things dear to his heart in the ground two. The war deprived him of his family, and afterwards he endlessly turns over the soil of Antwerp to find the suitcases, which makes him look obsessed. He keeps checking old maps and keeps digging, trying to find, in fact, those he lost. His daughter Chaya is a beautiful modern girl looking for a part-time job. She finds a place as a nanny in the strictly observant Chassidic family with many children, although her secular manners clearly fly in the face of many commandments. One of the reasons she is accepted is that mother of the family is absolutely overburdened by the household, so she stays despite the resistance of the father, normally - an indisputable authority in the family. She develops a special bond with the youngest of the boys, four-year old Simcha, so far incapable of speaking. She teaches him while walking in the park, and it seems that during the ... Written by Yan Mazor & M.Ivanov

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30 March 1998 (Netherlands)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,598 (USA) (22 September 2000)

Gross:

$100,544 (USA) (24 November 2000)
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Quotes

Chaya Silberschmidt: No cinema, no radio, no theater, no television. Not much fun then.
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Music box theme
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In its own way, almost as good as Schindler's List
20 July 2000 | by (York, England) – See all my reviews

I know, I stick my neck out with that summary, but this was one of those rare movies that genuinely surprised me. I flicked onto it by accident and it seemed interesting, and I am so pleased I saw it - and I will be watching it many times again in the future. Laura Fraser, who I haven't seen in many other movies (certainly none as memorable as this), is simply astounding in her performance as a modern Jewish girl confronted by an old-fashioned Jewish family in the 1970s. She befriends a young boy and becomes very attached to him. This relationship, I felt, was built in a genuinely heartwarming way.

Laura Fraser is not the only surprise - there is also the performances of Maximilian Schell and Isabella Rosselini, not to mention the great supporting cast of adults and many children.

To bring this theme into a 'modern' setting (and though the film is set in the 70s it could almost be today) is a difficult task, and this film not only succeeds, it shines. If you happen to fall upon this movie, don't pass it by because you wouldn't want to miss it.


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