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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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John Sayles

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Cast

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

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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Taglines:

Six Women. One Dream.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Official Sites:

IFC Films | Official site [Spain]

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 January 2004 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa dos Bebês See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Gustavo: You girls... are here on vacations?
Jennifer: Um... we're adopting babies.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Kelly Ripa/Outkast (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Duerme
Written by Gabriel Luna & Miguel Prado
Performed by Rita Moreno
Published by PHAM
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As complex and unresolved as the underlying issue(s)
27 June 2004 | by DLC95See all my reviews

The genius 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. 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 found this film to be deeply troubling in all the ways it should be, due to the topic.

I think Sayles did a brilliant job bringing together a number of very believable characters and just showing them to us for 90-some odd minutes. 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.

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.

Anyone who cares about kids and women should see this movie. And certainly anyone who is considering adoption (domestic or international -- either way, it's all the same issues) should see it. In sum, a very thought-provoking movie.

P.S. -- Did I mention the incredible soundtrack?


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