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1 January 2004 (Israel) See more »
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Six Women. One Dream.
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Six American women who planned on travelling to South America to adopt babies are forced, by law, to live there. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Angelina Peláez ... Doña Mercedes
Lizzie Curry Martinez ... Sor Juana (as Lizzie Martínez)

Vanessa Martinez ... Asunción (as Vanessa Martínez)
Amanda Álvarez ... Blanca
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. ... Grande
Emmanuel González ... Chico
El Flaco de Oro de Acapulco ... El Tuerto (as El Flaco De Oro De Acapulco)

Dave Baez ... Rufino (as David Ortíz)
Blanca Loaria ... Socorro

Rita Moreno ... Señora Muñoz

Bruno Bichir ... Diómedes
Fredi Bogota ... Gustavo
Héctor Mújica ... Rubén

Daryl Hannah ... Skipper

Lili Taylor ... Leslie

Mary Steenburgen ... Gayle

Marcia Gay Harden ... Nan

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Jennifer

Susan Lynch ... Eileen

Guillermo Iván ... Reynaldo
Juan Carlos Vives ... Búho

Martha Higareda ... Celia
Tony Marcin ... Celia's Mother
Lourdes Echevarría ... Social Worker
Lourdes Perez ... Vendedora (as Lourdes Pérez)
Norma Moreno ... Receptionist
Priscilla Corral ... Dependienta
Isaías Ramírez ... Boletero
Hilário Silva ... Guide 1 (as Hilario Silva)
César Rodríguez ... Guide 2
Rad Wolf ... Guide 3
Arturo Salazar ... Guide 4 (as Arturo Salaz)

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Ernesto (as Pedro Armendáriz)
Víctor Jáuregui ... Wilfrido
Alejandro Basurto ... Vicente

Leonel Rendón ... Herminio
Fernando Cervantes ... Félix

Miguel Rodarte ... Oscar
David Hevia ... Iván
Felipe Fernández del Paso ... Don Mercurio (as Felipe Fernández Del Paso)
Isabel Herrera ... Number Girl
Ramoncita López ... Caseworker
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Directed by
John Sayles 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Sayles (written by)

Produced by
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Melissa Marr .... associate producer
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
Alejandro Springall .... producer
Lemore Syvan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mason Daring 
 
Cinematography by
Mauricio Rubinstein (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Sayles 
 
Production Design by
Felipe Fernández del Paso 
 
Set Decoration by
Luisa Guala 
Alejandra Quijano 
 
Costume Design by
Mayes C. Rubeo 
 
Makeup Department
Anel Arellano .... assistant makeup artist
Josefina Arellano .... key hair stylist
Micaela Pérez .... assistant hair stylist
Carlos Sánchez .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Maite Argüelles .... unit production manager
Luca Borghese .... post-production supervisor
Jeremy Strong .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christiane Atala .... second second assistant director
Joaquin Silva .... second assistant director (as Joaquín Silva)
John M. Tyson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Mariano Grimaldo .... scenic artist
Daniel Lara .... assistant scenic artist
Rafael Mandujano .... assistant art director
Rafael Mandujano .... graphic artist
Alfredo Martínez .... on-set dresser
Julián Navarro .... swing gang
Rogelio Nobara .... property master
Edgar Ramírez .... set designer
Fernando Ríos .... swing gang
Carlos Santos .... swing gang
Eduardo Vélez .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Piotr Glabinski .... sound intern
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... co-supervising sound editor
Judy Karp .... production sound mixer
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... dialogue editor
William Kozy .... sound: making-of documentary (as Bill Kozy)
Jaime Reyes .... boom operator
Paul Sacco .... consultant: Dolby Sound
Ira Spiegel .... co-supervising sound editor
John Werner .... foley editor
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Doug Johnson .... computer graphic imaging
Julio Soto Gurpide .... computer graphic imaging (as Julio Soto)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dante Busquets .... still photographer
Fernando Coria Reyes .... company grip (as Fernando Coria)
Humberto Delgado .... key grip
Fernando Diaz .... second second assistant camera
José Díaz .... camera operator: "Don Mercutio" & "Lottery" footage
Javier Enríquez .... gaffer
Martín Farfán .... camera operator: "Don Mercutio" & "Lottery" footage
Martin Garcia .... company electrician (as Martín Garcia)
Arturo Ulises García .... company grip (as Ulises García)
Manuel García .... second assistant camera
Miguel Ángel García .... best boy electrician (as Miguel Angel García)
Pedro Hernández .... dolly grip
Fabián Monroy .... first assistant camera
Luis Moreno .... second second assistant camera
Manuel Moreno .... video playback operator
Roberto Oviedo Vargas .... company electrician (as Roberto Oviedo)
Oscar Reyes .... camera operator: "Don Mercutio" & "Lottery" footage
Adrián Romero .... company electrician
Emiliano Villanueva .... second camera operator
David Zuniga .... electric: "Don Mercutio" & "Lottery" footage (as David Zúñiga)
José Luis Ávila .... gaffer: "Don Mercutio" & "Lottery" footage (as Luis Ávila)
Martin Schabenbeck .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Claudia Becker .... casting coordinator: Mexico
Lizzie Curry Martinez .... casting: Mexico (as Lizzie Martínez)
Lizzie Curry Martinez .... extras casting (as Lizzie Martínez)
David Martínez .... extras casting coordinator
Blanca Olvera .... extras casting assistant coordinator
Cindy Tolan .... casting: U.S.
Alejandro Springall .... casting: Mexico City (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martha Castillero .... assistant costume designer
Natividad González .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Ismael Jardon .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Joe Gawler .... colorist: Spirit Datacine
Peter Heady .... on-line editor: data/HD
Tibor Kereszturi .... telecine assistant
Josh Olive .... telecine assistant
Mario Ontal .... assistant editor
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter: Match Cut
Adam Wolman .... editorial assistant
Randy L. Anderson .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jeanine Cowen .... music editor
Ernesto Díaz .... musician (as Ernesto Diaz)
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
Frank Gallagher .... musician
Evan Harlan .... musician
Dave Mattacks .... musician
Ana Norgaard .... musician
Billy Novick .... musician
Billy Novick .... orchestrator
Claudio Ragazzi .... musician
Claudio Ragazzi .... orchestrator
David Shacter .... music engineer
David Shacter .... music mixer
Oscar Stagnaro .... musician
 
Transportation Department
Jorge Aguilar .... driver
Germán Alvarado .... driver
Alejandro 'Ronco' Arroyo .... transportation coordinator
Abel Blanco .... driver
Pedro Antonio Castillo .... driver (as Pedro Castillo)
Ricardo Cotero .... driver
Hector Cruz .... driver (as Héctor Cruz)
Jose Flores .... driver (as José Luis Flores)
Héctor Garcia .... driver (as Héctor García)
Javier Giron .... driver
Juan Gutiérrez .... driver
Carlos Hernández .... driver
Santiago Hernández .... driver
Jaime Lopez .... driver (as Jaime López)
José Alberto Luna .... driver
Gabriel Martínez .... driver
Efraín Rosalío .... driver
Larry Silva .... driver
Enrique Trani .... driver
 
Other crew
Dante Aguilar .... unit coordinator
Tenoch Aguilar .... key location assistant
Ivonne Alva .... key production accountant
Magali Apolinar .... chef: La Cocina de Orégano
Juana Bocanegra .... delegate: ANDA
Maury Carvajal .... script supervisor (as Mauri Carvajal)
Jen Cox .... post-production accountant
René Simon Cruz Jr. .... producer: making-of documentary (as René Cruz)
Carmen De La Rosa .... assistant: A. Springall
Ernesto Díaz Mata .... security
Cecilia Escalante .... catering supervisor: La Cocina de Orégano
Armando Gallegos .... catering coordinator: La Cocina de Orégano
Julio González .... production assistant
Luis Enrique Granados .... key set production assistant
Charles Kouzoujian .... laser film recording
Pedro Martínez .... waiter: La Cocina de Orégano
Tenoch Ochoa .... production assistant
Mario Olivares .... security
Rocío Ortega .... animal handler
Susana Palestino .... waiter: La Cocina de Orégano
Santiago Paredes .... set production assistant
Lourdes Pérez .... production coordinator
Evangelina Resendiz Montalvo .... unit doctor (as Evangelina Reséndiz)
Alejandro Rosales .... security
Juan Antonio Sanchez .... location accountant (as Juan Antonio Sánchez)
Martin Schabenbeck .... production assistant
Avigail Schotz .... assistant: L. Syvan
George Sheanshang .... legal services (as George Sheanshang Esq.)
Israel Silva .... production assistant
Tim Spitzer .... supervisor: high definition/data services
Gabriel Tapia .... production assistant
Yamel Vargas .... production assistant
Javier Villeda .... chef: La Cocina de Orégano
Christian Zak .... laser film recording
Saul Zuñiga .... assistant accountant (as Saúl Zúñiga)
Irma Ávila .... production secretary
Aileen Kiernan .... assistant: Hunt Lowry (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Mario Aguiñaga .... special thanks
Ana Barreto .... special thanks
Angel Carlos Benitez .... special thanks
Raymundo Capetillo .... special thanks
Esteban Castañeda .... special thanks: Hotel Los Flamingo
Pablo Castro Mussot .... special thanks: CNI Canal 40
José Cedano .... special thanks
Yuriria Chavarria .... special thanks: CNI Canal 40
Ignacio Cobo .... special thanks: Hoteles Calinda
Pamela Enriquez .... special thanks: Museo del Niño "El Papalote"
Claudia Florescano .... special thanks
Guillermo Franco .... special thanks: Museo del Niño "El Papalote"
Carlos González .... special thanks: Hoteles Calinda
Benny Hudson .... special thanks
Alfredo Joskowicz .... special thanks (as Alfredo Joscowicz)
David Medina .... special thanks: Hoteles Calinda
Emilia Monge .... special thanks: ISSSTE Acapulco
Alejandra Moreno Toscano .... special thanks
Tomás Mosqueda .... special thanks: Hoteles Calinda
Maggie Renzi .... special thanks
Alejandro Sandoval .... special thanks: CNI Canal 40
Don Adolfo Santiago .... special thanks: Hotel Los Flamingo
Marinela Servitje .... special thanks: Museo del Niño "El Papalote"
Ignacio Terrazas .... special thanks
Zeferino Torreblanca .... special thanks
Arturo Villanueva .... special thanks: ISSSTE Acapulco
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated R for some language and brief drug use
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95 min
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Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-11 | Germany:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Zurich) | USA:R
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Leslie:[Leslie and Gayle are watching Spanish-language TV] Their stuff is worse than our stuff.
Gayle:I just wish I could speak it like you do.
Leslie:You don't need to understand the words to watch TV. Stupidity is the universal language.
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
fascinating social drama with a dribble away ending, 2 February 2005
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

John Sayles, always an intriguing filmmaker, has come up with yet another conversation-starting film in "Casa de los Babys," a subtle exploration of the great divide that separates the haves from the have-nots in this maddeningly imbalanced world of ours. Sayles sets his story at a "hotel" in South America, one designed to cater specifically to American women who are waiting to adopt children to take back with them to the States. Due to bureaucratic red tape, many of the ladies Sayles introduces us to have been holed up in the hotel for months. Except for contact with the resort staff and the occasional foray into the local neighborhood, the women are essentially sealed off from the cultural and socioeconomic realities of the world around them.

The thing that separates Sayles' work from that of so many other socially conscious filmmakers is that he is scrupulously fair in his approach, refusing to pigeonhole any one group of people while allowing us to see the imperfections and humanity inherent in those on both sides of the divide. It would have been so easy for him to have portrayed the women as merely spoiled Americans, exploiting the poor of the world for their own selfish benefit. Indeed, one of the men who helps run the hotel decries the ladies as gringo "imperialists," looking to buy Hispanic babies as if they were strolling through the local market. Yet, his mother, who manages the resort and who also resents the imperialistic tone of some of the women, is pragmatic enough to know that this is a "business" like any other, and that the alternative for many of these orphans would be far grimmer if they were forced to fend for themselves out on the streets. In fact, the children in the facility, who are well cared for and who have some hope for the future, are in direct counterpoint to all the youngsters we see who are living in cardboard boxes, forced to wash windshields, beg from tourists, or steal to survive.

Of the American women, the most interesting is Nan (beautifully played by Marcia Gay Harden), who is the most obnoxiously pushy and least culturally sensitive of the group. We get the feeling that the moment she gets her hands on her new child, she will go to work draining every ounce of ethnicity from his or her soul and spirit. The other women are all far more open and tolerant than she is, being mainly concerned with filling that childless void located deep within themselves. The film is, in large part, a series of revealing conversations, in which the women voice their fears, concerns, visions and hopes about life as a parent.

The movie does an interesting job conveying the universality of motherhood, for despite the economic and language barriers that separate them, both the women yearning for babies and the women being forced to give their babies up for adoption are able to meet on the common ground of maternity.

In addition to Harden, there are excellent performances from Mary Steenbergen, Lili Taylor, Daryl Hannah, Maggie Gyllenhall and Susan Lynch as the American women, and Rita Moreno as the hotel manager who understands how the world works even if she doesn't fully approve of it. Each actress manages to create an interesting, fully realized character out of only a limited amount of screen time.

If there's a criticism to be leveled against the film, it is that Sayles leaves a few too many loose ends hanging at the end. As a storyteller, he has never been all that interested in conventional narrative, so this shouldn't surprise us, but we do sense that he could have gone a bit further with his characters here. As it is, "Casa de los Babys" feels somewhat incomplete, more like an exercise - albeit a fascinating one - than a full-fledged drama. Still, for its clear-eyed, three-dimensional and nonjudgmental take on a tricky subject, "Casa de los Babys" is a film well worth seeing.

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