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Product Details

Release Date: 11/26/2013
UPC: 0759731415224
Original Release: 1998
Rating: NR
Source: Henstooth Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 38,714

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laura Fraser Chaja
Isabella Rossellini Mrs. Kalman
Maximilian Schell Chaja's Father
Jeroen Krabbé Mr. Kalman
Marianne Sägebrecht Chaja's Mother
David Bradley Concierge
Adam Monty Simcha
Chaim Topol Mr. Apfelschnitt
Miriam Margolyes Mrs. Goldman
Lex Goudsmith Mr. Goldman
Benjamin Broekaert Dov
Ben Glanz Avrom
Heather Weeks Sofie

Technical Credits
Jeroen Krabbé Director,Associate Producer
Edgar Burcksen Editor
Bernadette Corstens Costumes/Costume Designer
Ate de Jong Producer
Edwin de Vries Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Susie Figgis Casting
Leo Franssen Sound/Sound Designer
Craig Haffner Executive Producer
Dirk Impens Co-producer
Maria Peters Associate Producer
Hans Pos Producer
Dave Schram Producer
Hemmo Sportel Production Designer
Yan Tax Costumes/Costume Designer
Walther van den Ende Cinematographer
Marc van der Bijl Asst. Director
Rudy Verzyck Co-producer
Hennie Vrienten Score Composer
Brad Wilson Executive Producer
Brad Wilson Executive Producer

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Left Luggage 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whenever I purchase a film, my wife looks at me in such a was as to question my sanity, if not just my common sense. However, after viewing ''Left Luggage,'' she said, ''This is a film I wouldn't mind owning.'' It's so rich in story and character and nuance, that I can't imagine tiring of it, even after repeated viewings. Chaya, a free-sprited girl who doesn't consider herself Jewish (even though her parents are both Holocaust survivors), becomes a nanny for a Chassidic family. Needless to say, their life styles clash, but Chaya forms a bond with 4-year-old Simcha, who has never spoken a word and still wets his pants. Gradually, she begins to understand a few things about the family she works for and their strange world, and they, in turn, (especially the mother, beautifully played by Isabella Rossellini) begin to understand, although never accept, her ways. It seems that everyone, is looking for the ''left luggage'' they buried somewhere in the past. Some, like Chaya's father (the wonderful Maximilian Schell)need desperately to find what they have lost; others want only for the past to remain buried. Great movie -- beautifull done -- One of the few films that I can recommend without reservation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was engaging from the start, dealing with some heavy subject matter in an endearing and uplifting fashion. It is the story of a 20 year old Jewish woman named Chaya living in 1972 Antwerp. Through her job as a nanny to the Hasidic Kalman family Chaya clarifies her own Jewish identity. She finds pride in her parents and focuses her feist on standing up for what she feels is right. (May all our children do the same!) We also see all the Jewish and non-Jewish characters in the movie struggle in their unique ways to put their lives in context in post WWII Europe. My children ages 8 and 10 both enjoyed the movie. Potentially traumatic parts of Chaya's story involving the holocaust or the tragedy that befalls the Kalman's are woven into the story in a non-sensational manner. This provided a good context for us to talk practically about death and mourning without these topics being overwhelming. It is delightful to watch Chaya's emotional maturity develop. While she was quite inquisitive about her parents backgrounds and the Kalman's religious rituals, at a point Chaya reaches the limit of her ability to relate to experiences which so different from her own. Chaya grows to be able to support and encourage these people, showing a love that is not conditional upon her understanding their feelings or approval of their activities.