Left Luggage (2001)




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Set in Antwerp, Belgium in the early 70's, a tale about Chaja, an impetuous, liberal-minded philosophy student, and her complex relationship with her parents who are Holocaust survivors. With the help of a family friend, she secures a job as a nanny for a Hassidic Jewish family, the Kalmans, whose world and lifestyle are alien to her liberated self. Chaja adores the Kalmans' five-year-old son Simcha and becomes emotionally attached to him. Through her relationship with the family she gains insight into the lives of her own parents, who are survivors of a concentration camp.
NR (not rated)
Art House & International , Drama
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Castle Hill Productions


Miriam Margolyes
as Mrs. Goldman
Koen De Bouw
as Father Chaya (age 20)
as Apfelschnitt
Maximilian Schell
as Chaja's Father
Marianne Sägebrecht
as Chaja's Mother
Isabella Rossellini
as Mrs. Kalman
David Bradley
as Concierge
Ann Petersen
as Landlady
Michaël Pas
as The Cook
Adam Monty
as Simcha
Luc D'Heu
as Restaurant Owner
Lex Goudsmit
as Goldman
Krijn ter Braak
as Grandfather
Lex Goudsmith
as Mr. Goldman
Chaim Topol
as Mr. Apfelschnitt
Ben Glanz
as Avrum
Mieke Verheyden
as Grandmother
Lana Broekaert
as Chaya (age 7)
Bart de Vries
as Hasid 2
Bloeme Cohen
as Tsivja
Luc Van Mello
as Police Officer
Gideon Rijnders
as Police Officer
Marc Lauwrys
as Cook 1
Ben Rottiers
as Resistance Fighter
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Critic Reviews for Left Luggage

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

While it would be too much to ask for a movie about Holocaust survivors to actually be happy, Krabbé is way too heavyhanded in trying for a tragic atmosphere

February 16, 2005

A film that means well, but is too pushy in promoting its belabored point and too sentimental to be compelling as a drama.

Full Review… | July 25, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A small gem of a Holocaust tale that will have limited appeal.

Full Review… | April 19, 2001
Film Journal International

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June 17, 2005

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July 31, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Still, Left Luggage usually gets it right, and if the allegory often gets pushy, the performers keep things on track.

July 24, 2002

Audience Reviews for Left Luggage


LEFT LUGGAGE (2001) Cast Laura Fraser as Chaja Isabella Rossellini as Mrs. Kalman Maximilian Schell as Chaja's Father Marianne Sagebrecht as Chaja's Mother Jeroen Krabbe as Mr. Kalman Directed by Jeroen Krabbe Written by Edwin De Vries Drama, Indie Rated NR Intended For Mature Audiences 100 minutes | Roger Ebert May 11, 2001 | 0 Print Page "Left Luggage" is one of those movies where the audience knows the message before the film begins and the characters are still learning it when the film ends. No matter how noble a film's sentiments, it's wearying to wait while elementary truths dawn gradually on slow learners.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

I always find movies about other cultures fascinating. In this case, it gives you a peek in the lives of Hasidic Jews. You get to watch Chaja find herself as a young woman. The ending brought tears to my eyes!

Ida Kern
Ida Kern

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