Casa de los Babys (2003)



Critic Consensus: Well-acted and thought provoking, if not completely satisfying.

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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.
R (for some language and brief drug use)
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Daryl Hannah
as Skipper
Lili Taylor
as Leslie
Susan Lynch
as Eileen
Rita Moreno
as Senora Munoz
Vanessa Martinez
as Asuncion
Angelina Peláez
as Dona Mercedes
Bruno Bichir
as Diomendes
Said Martinez
as Eusebio
Abel Salas
as Bus Driver No. 1
Marco Mondragon
as Bus Driver No. 2
Jose Reyes
as Van Driver
Claudia Benitez
as Woman on Bus
David Ortiz
as Rufino
Blanca Loaria
as Socorro
Fredi Bogota
as Gustavo
Guillermo Iván
as Reynaldo
Tony Marcin
as Celia's Mother
Lourdes Echevarria
as Social Worker
Loudres Perez
as Vendedora
Norma Moreno
as Receptionist
Priscilla Corral
as Dependienta
Isalas Ramirez
as Boletero
Hilário Silva
as Guide 1
Rad Wolf
as Guide 3
Arturo Salaz
as Guide 4
Victor Jauregui
as Wilfrido
Leonel Rendon
as Hermino
Isabel Herrera
as Number Girl
Ramoncita López
as Caseworker
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Critic Reviews for Casa de los Babys

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (31)

Each woman is a cardboard cutout, and the talented actresses here seem boxed in by their roles.

October 17, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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A raw slice of life that goes beyond the obvious external issues.

October 16, 2003
Arizona Republic
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It is a story without a story, helpless and wandering, enjoyable for its parts but failing as a whole.

October 10, 2003
Detroit News
Top Critic

If most of the characters seem underdeveloped, they are also convincing and interesting.

Full Review… | October 10, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Sayles, a rare screenwriter who consistently creates thoughtful roles for grown-up women, has outdone himself here.

Full Review… | October 3, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Suggests a filmmaker whose vision has become reductive, motivated not by all-embracing interest but by an ultimately self-protective intent not to surrender to blind emotion in any form.

Full Review… | October 3, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Casa de los Babys

I don't particularly care for loose-end-endings in which there are certain plotlines left with no resolutions. That is my only qualm with this gem... it was a very important piece of art about the agony of infertility, the clashing of very different cultures but also the similarities between them, and about the love of family.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

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I wanted to LOVE this film because it has Lili Taylor in it:) It was a good movie, don't get me wrong. Decent writing, creative dialogue, and some interesting images and scenes. However, I think this is Maggie Gyllenhaal at her worst. I just really could have cared less about her character. That, and the ending was somewhat abrupt. Overall though, I really did like it.

Lisa Kretschman
Lisa Kretschman

I thougt this movie was just weird.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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