Casa de los Babys

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John Sayles' Casa de los Babys tells the tale of a half-dozen American women who travel to Latin America in order to pick up their adopted children. They all stay at the same motel while they each wade through the bureaucracy. Sharing with each other their fears, hopes, dreams, and frustrations at the thoughts of becoming mothers comprises the majority of the drama in the film. The cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah, Marcia Gay Harden, Susan Lynch, Mary Steenburgen, ...
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Overview

John Sayles' Casa de los Babys tells the tale of a half-dozen American women who travel to Latin America in order to pick up their adopted children. They all stay at the same motel while they each wade through the bureaucracy. Sharing with each other their fears, hopes, dreams, and frustrations at the thoughts of becoming mothers comprises the majority of the drama in the film. The cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah, Marcia Gay Harden, Susan Lynch, Mary Steenburgen, Lili Taylor, and Rita Moreno.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2004
  • UPC: 883904130185
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maggie Gyllenhaal Jennifer
Marcia Gay Harden Nan
Daryl Hannah Skipper
Susan Lynch Eileen
Mary Steenburgen Gayle
Lili Taylor Leslie
Rita Moreno Senorita Munoz
Vanessa Martinez Asuncion
Pedro Armendariz Jr. Ernesto
Bruno Bichir Diomendes
Guillermo Ivan Duenas Reynaldo
David Hevia Ivan
Martha Higareda Celia
Blanca Loaria Socorro
Miguel Rodarte Oscar
Angelina Pelaez Dona Mercedes
Juan Carlos Vives Buho
Technical Credits
John Sayles Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Alison Palmer Bourke Executive Producer
Mason K. Daring Score Composer
Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
Judy Karp Sound/Sound Designer
Melissa M. Marr Associate Producer
Lizzie Curry Martinez Casting
Felipe Fernandez del Paso Production Designer
Mayes C. Rubeo Costumes/Costume Designer
Mauricio Rubinstein Cinematographer
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
Alejandro Springall Producer
Lemore Syvan Producer
Cindy Tolan Casting
John M. Tyson Asst. Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Sayles - character/culture as relevant as space/time

    I think Sayles did a great job bringing together a number of very believable characters and just showing them to us for 90-some odd minutes. John Sayles is one of the best American and original independent filmmakers out there. This is a warm, funny and at times poignant look at the adoption process at a South American clinic attended by six disparate women - all eager and emotionally at odds - awaiting their turn to return home with their new infant. I respect Sayles appreciation of complexity, especially as he favors a film that is pregnant with questions rather than delivering a simple answer. However it's his predilection towards a complex ensemble cast that I think may undermine his films as of late. The brilliance of this film is exactly the characteristic that many here have criticized it for: it contradicts itself all over the place and ends abruptly with no resolution. All have their contradictions, and none clearly speaks some unambiguous authorial opinion. The son of the hotel owner mouths his leftist analysis with his buddies, but is really a drunken loser. Rita Moreno, through her frustration with her husband's politics, voices the frustration of so many women: politics is one thing, but who'll take care of the kids? And of course, the reverse is implied as well: kids are one thing, but who'll take care of the politics? You can go through each of the characters and seem some inherent pull in opposite directions. What possible resolution could you expect? Adoption is an inherently troubling phenomenon. It always involves awkward intersections of race and class, opportunity and the lack thereof, sex and sexism, law and morals. I loved that none of the characters is entirely sympathetic, except perhaps the three homeless boys. They are all complicated and corrupted by a complicated and corrupt world that places a premium on babies and motherhood, but only under the "right" circumstances for the right women and the right kids. I was very grateful that there was no real closure at the end, and that all Sayles had to say was that, despite all, both the least sympathetic and the most sympathetic of the potential moms were about to leave with babies. This is certainly for anyone who is considering adoption (domestic or international -- either way, it's all the same issues) should see it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    absolutely brillant!

    I rented this movie last nite finally and I absolutely loved it, it was such a wonderful film. See it!

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