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Actor Jeroen Krabbe made his directorial debut with this Dutch-Belgian-U.S. drama examining anti-Semitic attitudes in 1972 Antwerp. Free-spirited 20-year-old student Chaja (Laura Fraser) has a long-haired revolutionary lover and sometimes visits her parents (Maximilian Schell, Marianne Sagebrecht), both concentration camp survivors. Evading eviction from her apartment, Chaja finds work as a nanny with the Kalmans, an Orthodox Hassidic family. Initially rebelling against the rigid traditions, she eventually comes to terms with their way of life as she teaches their four-year-old to follow his father's doctrines. Adapted from Carl Friedman's novel The Shovel and the Loom, this film was shown at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:February 12, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Berlin International Film Festival Isabella Rossellini Special Mention 1998 Winner

Cast

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

Crew

Jeroen Krabbé
Director
Dave Schram
Producer
Ate de Jong
Producer
Carl Friedman
Book Author
Walther van den Ende
Cinematographer
Edgar Burcksen
Editor
Hemmo Sportel
Production Designer
Rudy Verzyck
Co-producer
Dirk Impens
Co-producer
Maria Peters
Associate Producer
Jeroen Krabbé
Associate Producer
Brad Wilson
Executive Producer
Craig Haffner
Executive Producer
Bernadette Corstens
Costume Designer
Yan Tax
Costume Designer
Leo Franssen
Sound/Sound Designer
Marc van der Bijl
First Assistant Director
Susie Figgis
Casting
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