- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 13, 2004
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Stereo Surround - English
- Additional Release Material:
Audio Commentary: John Sayles - Writer/Director
- Making Of
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 09/19/2003
"...[A] coolly observant movie....The movie's even-handed portrayal of two cultures uneasily transacting the most personal business resonates with truth..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/03/2003
"...There isn't a moment with this group you don't want to be watching..."
USA Today - 10/03/2003
"...BABYS is intellectually stimulating and emotionally stirring..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/03/2003
"...Sayles handles this material with gentle delicacy..."
A group of six women from the United States, each of whom wants to adopt a baby, are checked into a hotel in South America waiting for the paperwork to go through. As their wait stretches on for weeks, they each get to know each other, sharing their hopes and fears. Meanwhile, the film explores every layer of people who are effected by the industry--from the teenage girls who give their babies up for adoption to the nurses that care for them as they're being assigned to new mothers. The local homeless boys sniffing paint in the street clearly don't receive the parenting they deserve, and yet the hotel staff dealing with the wealthy U.S. mothers-to-be sees a different side of the story--these women may not make for competent moms.
Actresses Marcia Gay Harden (as the wonderfully difficult Nan), Maggie Gyllenhaal (as the painfully naive Jennifer), Daryl Hannah (as the quietly new agey Skipper), Susan Lynch (as the humble and loving Eileen), Lili Taylor (as the tough and jaded Leslie), and Mary Steenburgen (as the graceful optimist Gayle) are outstanding together, displaying loads of talent and illustrating Sayles' knack for character development. A touching look at what it means to enter motherhood, complicated by issues of class, politics, and pure emotion, CASA DE LOS BABYS is a thorough and pensive film that only a skilled director like John Sayles could create in such a seamlessly effective way.
- Theatrical Release Date: Fall 2003 (LIMITED)