Left Luggage
Netherlands (NL), 1998, 100 minutes, SD
Left Luggage Synopsis

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.

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
This is an interesting character study of the lead star Chaya, portrayed by Laura Fraser, known for films like "Breaking Bad" and "A Knight's Tale".  An independent Jewish lady in... more
This is an interesting character study of the lead star Chaya, portrayed by Laura Fraser, known for films like "Breaking Bad" and "A Knight's Tale".  An independent Jewish lady in the year 1972 in Antwerp who jump from one job to another until she finds work as nanny for a Hassidic family.  She's on the verge of quitting, what with loads of housework plus 5 kids to tend to (this include twin babies) but her fondness for four year old Simcha was more than she can handle so she stayed on. As she gets to know Mrs. Kalman (Isabella Rossellini) and the family she gets caught up in their concerns as well. There are very genuine and heartwarming scenes in this film and while it's not really a comedy, there are scenes that are quite comic and amusing.  Other popular names in the cast include M. Schell as Chaya's father and David Bradley as the concierge in charge of the elevator who hates Jews. Adam Monty as the boy Simcha was commendable in his portrayal and viewers will deeply appreciate the genuine bond between him and Chaya.  Do check this out! 
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Reviewed by jeteli
This is a very heartwarming film that focuses on Jewish family relationships and Hassidic family practices and norms. The powerhouse cast alone is a force to reckon in this movie... more
This is a very heartwarming film that focuses on Jewish family relationships and Hassidic family practices and norms. The powerhouse cast alone is a force to reckon in this movie with commendable performances from Isabella Rosselini, Maximilian Schell, Laura Fraser and David Bradley.  Bradley as the grouchy concierge steals the show while Laura Fraser shines in her role as Chaya. Having been employed as a nanny with the Kalmans has made Chaya a more matured girl while discovering the ways of the Hassidic Jews.  Her scenes with the boy Simcha, the son of the Kalmans was very affecting and poignant, these are the scenes that will forever be etched in my memory with this movie. This is a must-watch!
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