DVD Release: Left Luggage

DVD Release Date: Nov. 26, 2013
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: Hen’s Tooth

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Laura Fraser (l.) and Isabella Rossellini in Left Luggage.

Laura Fraser, most recently seen as the ricin-ingesting Lydia on TV’s Breaking Bad, stars in the 1998 drama Left Luggage.

Set in Antwerp, Belgium in the early 1970s, Left Luggage is the story of Chaja (Fraser), a rebellious college student struggling to accept her Jewish identity, particularly as her relationship with her parents, both concentration camp survivors, is strained. A family friend finds her a job as a nanny for the Kalmans, a Hassidic family with five children.

She has little patience for their strict household rules but soon finds herself drawn to Simcha, their 4-year-old son who has yet to speak. Through her love for Simcha, she finds common ground with Mrs. Kalman (Isabella Rossellini, Blue Velvet) and learns respect for a culture steeped in tradition and religious values.

Directed by Jeroen Krabbé (who also appears in the film) and produced in the Netherlands, the unrated English-language Left Luggage co-stars Maximilian Schell, Marianne Sägebrecht and Topol of Fiddler on the Roof fame.

The unrated English-language has been out-of-print on DVD for several years prior to this Hen’s Tooth release.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.