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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.


Adam Monty
as Simcha
as Apfelschnitt
Marianne Sägebrecht
as Chaja's Mother
Maximilian Schell
as Chaja's Father
Miriam Margolyes
as Mrs. Goldman
Lex Goudsmith
as Mr. Goldman
Lex Goudsmit
as Goldman
Mieke Verheyden
as Grandmother
Krijn ter Braak
as Grandfather
Lana Broekaert
as Chaya (age 7)
Koen De Bouw
as Father Chaya (age 20)
Ben Glanz
as Avrum
Ann Petersen
as Landlady
Luc Van Mello
as Police Officer
Gideon Rijnders
as Police Officer
Luc D'Heu
as Restaurant Owner
Ben Rottiers
as Resistance Fighter
Michaël Pas
as The Cook
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Critic Reviews for Left Luggage

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Fitful as drama, the film comes to life as a showcase for its high-profile performers.

March 29, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

May 11, 2001 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 2/5

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

July 25, 2001 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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

April 20, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Left Luggage


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

Super Reviewer

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