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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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

30 March 1998 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Left Luggage  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$100,544 (USA) (24 November 2000)
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1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Chaya Silberschmidt: No cinema, no radio, no theater, no television. Not much fun then.
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Referenced in Ausverkauft! (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Get out on the Road
Written by Keith Allison
Performed by Keith Allison with Ruby and the Tweed Twins
Published by Git-Tar Music, a division of BMI
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Visual Poetry/Great First Directing Effort
20 October 1998 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Saw this wonderful film at the Chicago Film Festival. Cast was excellent, story was thought-provoking...but the best element was the inspired direction by actor Jeroen Krabbe. It was truly visual poetry, and gut-wrenching at that.


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