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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.

Director:

Jeroen Krabbé

Writers:

Carl Friedman (novel), Edwin de Vries
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Fraser ... Chaja
Adam Monty Adam Monty ... Simcha
Isabella Rossellini ... Mrs. Kalman
Jeroen Krabbé ... Mr. Kalman
Topol ... Mr. Apfelschnitt (as Chaim Topol)
Marianne Sägebrecht ... Chaja's Mother (as Marianne Saegebrecht)
Maximilian Schell ... Chaja's Father
David Bradley ... Concierge
Heather Weeks Heather Weeks ... Sofie
Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Goldblum
Lex Goudsmit Lex Goudsmit ... Mr. Goldblum
Krijn ter Braak Krijn ter Braak ... Grandfather
Mieke Verheyden Mieke Verheyden ... Grandmother (as Mieke Verheijden)
Noura Van der Berg Noura Van der Berg ... Selma
Lana Broekaert Lana Broekaert ... Chaja (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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Netherlands | UK | Belgium | USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | Yiddish

Release Date:

30 March 1998 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

À la recherche du passé See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,069,540

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,111,280
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Isabella Rossellini hesitated to take the role up until the last moment, because she thought that as a Catholic, she could not convincingly play an Orthodox Jewish woman. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Silberschmidt, Chaya's Mother: It's not the luggage he lost in that filthy war, it was himself.
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Connections

Referenced in Ausverkauft! (1999) See more »

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Music box theme
from "Trois Gymnopédies"
Composed by Erik Satie
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Hassidics and the Shoah (Holocaust)
6 August 1999 | by Amit-8See 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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