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Left Luggage (1998)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  30 March 1998 (Netherlands)
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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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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$100,544 (USA) (24 November 2000)
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Mrs. Silberschmidt, Chaya's Mother: It's not the luggage he lost in that filthy war, it was himself.
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A Very Sad Story About Losses
28 March 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1972, in Antwerp, Chaya (Laura Fraser) is a liberal Jewish student of philosophy living alone. Her father (Maximiliam Schell) spends his time trying to find two pieces of luggage he buried in the Second World War, like he could bring his past back. Her mother (Marianne Saegebrecht) spends her time preparing cakes and sewing, trying not to think in life. In order to raise some money to pay for her rent, Chaya accepts to work as the nanny of two twin babies in an orthodox Jewish home, recommended by her friend Mr. Apfelschnitt (Chaim Topol) to the babies' parents, Mrs. Kalman (Isabella Rossellini) and Mr. Kalman (Jeroen Krabbé). Indeed Chaya feels some kind of affection for their four years old son Simcha (Adam Monty), a boy with serious emotional problems and without speech. Meanwhile, the concierge of the building (David Bradley) is a fascist who hates Jews and Chaya faces him without fear. The story has a very tragic end. This film is a very sad story about losses. The direction and performances of the cast are magnificent. Just as a curiosity, the Brazilian distributor LK-Tel Video wrote the following information in the front cover of the video: `Critics of the site www.imdb.com * As Good As The Schindler's List* ` I noted they used part of the comment made by the user `Sailor Leila (sailor-leila@shomar.co.uk) York, England', who wrote: `In its own way, almost as good as Schindler's List'. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): `Amor e Dor' (`Love and Pain')


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