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Casa de los Babys (2003)

Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marcia Gay Harden, Daryl Hannah, more...
Director: John Sayles
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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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, Lili Taylor, and Rita Moreno. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

Special features:

  • Audio commentary by director John Sayles
  • "The Making of Casa de los Babys" featurette
  • "Beyond Borders" documentary
  • "On Location with John Sayles" documentary
  • Original theatrical trailer

GreenCine Member Reviews

Searching for babies south of the border by itchy008 August 25, 2004 - 12:27 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
John Sayles loves big casts.

Here is a story of six American women waiting to adopt babies in an unnamed Latin American. The film also spends time on the woman who runs the hotel where the six women are staying, the revolutionary-wannabe slacker who is the hotel owner's son, a maid at the hotel, some street kids, an unemployed man some of the Americans meet, and a pregnant teenager.

Don't worry. You won't need a scorecard. Sayles is an expert at giving us enough of a peek of each character to give them all substance.

On the commentary audio, Sayles talks about the logistics of shooting a film in a short time (he only had two weeks) and the advantages and pitfalls of using two cameras to film a scene. It may sound technical but it is understandable and informative even for people with no interest in how a film is made.

Sayles Film by Basil918 May 10, 2004 - 7:20 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Mid-range John Sayles: superior to the lax Sunshine State, but not at the level of Eight Men Out, Men With Guns, or the wonderful (and DVD-less?) City of Hope. Sayles fans might enjoy the British director, Ken Loach, another filmmaker with political interests and commitments and a strong sense of character (even if his Glasswegian heroes require sub-titles).

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.37)
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Before Silver City
John Sayles and Maggie Renzi at their best! Sayles financed many of these ambitious films by writing pulp/pop screenplays.
Decent, Not Great

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