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Casa de los babys (2003)

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Six American women who planned on travelling to South America to adopt babies are forced, by law, to live there.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doña Mercedes
Lizzie Curry Martinez ...
Sor Juana (as Lizzie Martínez)
Asunción (as Vanessa Martínez)
Amanda Álvarez ...
Said Martinez ...
Eusebio (as Said Martínez)
Abel Salas ...
Bus Driver 1
Marco Mondragón ...
Bus Driver 2
José Reyes ...
Van Driver
Claudia Benitez ...
Woman on Bus (as Claudia Benítez)
Ignacio de Anda ...
Tito (as Ignacio De Anda)
José Reyes Jr. ...
Emmanuel González ...
El Flaco de Oro de Acapulco ...
El Tuerto (as El Flaco De Oro De Acapulco)
Rufino (as David Ortíz)
Blanca Loaria ...


The film was made in Acapulco, Mexico. Six women -- dreamy Eileen, abrasive Nan, athletic Skipper, brusque Leslie, vivacious Jennifer and patient Gayle -- are staying at a hotel in Latin America, run by Señora Muñoz. Fed up with the long delays of the adoption system in the United States, they are passing the days waiting to adopt local children to bring back home with them. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Six Women. One Dream.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

1 January 2004 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

A Casa dos Bebês  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,456, 21 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$475,940, 23 November 2003
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Leslie: I have socks that are older than you.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »


The Juggler
Written by Mason Daring and Billy Novick
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Exceptional film. Don't miss it!
4 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Casa de Los Babys (2003) is another exceptional film from writer/director John Sayles. Seven extraordinary actors interact in a natural and realistic fashion: Daryl Hannah,

Lili Taylor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marcia Gay Harden, Mary

Steenburgen, Susan Lynch, and Rita Moreno. The first six are mothers waiting in a Latin American country for children

they plan to adopt. Ms. Moreno plays the owner of the hotel

at which the women live. Vanessa Martinez--an extremely

talented young actor--plays a maid at the hotel who is trying to support two younger siblings on her meager salary.

Not only does the movie provide a picture of the lives

of these women, but we also are shown local people whose

lives are more desperate than the North Americans--three

homeless boys, the hotel owner's revolutionary--but lazy-- son, and an educated man who is looking for work--any work

that will allow him to support his family.

Sayles is a genius, and he is able to make the life of every character dramatically and emotionally meaningful. This movie has neither violent action nor a melodramatic ending. Instead, the film is so finely crafted that every scene proves an emotional climax in its own way.

Casa de Los Babys will surely be considered one of the finest independent films of 2003. Don't miss it!

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