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Left Luggage (1998)

Unrated | | Drama | 30 March 1998 (Netherlands)
Against a background of holocaust memories, a liberal Jewish girl becomes a nanny to a young Jewish boy with a disability, and grows fond of him.

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Cast

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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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À la recherche du passé  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,598 (USA) (24 September 2000)

Gross:

$100,544 (USA) (26 November 2000)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First-time director Jeroen Krabbé admitted that he very insecure about the movie. When he got a call from composer Henny Vrienten, he was convinced that Vrienten didn't like the first footage shot for the film, and wanted out. However, Vrienten had loved what he saw, and got so inspired that he called to demonstrate some of the score he had written for it. See more »

Quotes

Chaya Silberschmidt: No cinema, no radio, no theater, no television. Not much fun then.
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Connections

Referenced in Ausverkauft! (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Music box theme
from "Trois Gymnopédies"
Composed by Erik Satie
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Hassidics and the Shoah (Holocaust)
6 August 1999 | by (Petah-Tikvah, Israel) – See all my reviews

Since I live in Israel, I've seen many films about the Hassidic community, but I've never seen a film that combines two of the heaviest subjects in Israeli society. The connection between the two main woman characters (Chaya and Mrs. Kalman), the connection in silence between Chaya and Mr. Kalman, and most important, the connection between Chaya and Simcha, which was nipped in the bud, we're all magnificently described. It also introduces the viewer to the closed worlds of both the Hassidics and the Holocaust Survivors. Excellent, touching and interesting.


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