CASA DE LOS BABYS Add To My Top 10

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Release Date: September 19, 2003

Starring: Lili Taylor, Mary Steenburgen, Marcia Gay Harden, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah, Susan Lynch, Rita Moreno, and Vanessa Martinez

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr John Sayles is a
terrific filmmaker. Some of
his movies have been
MOVIEGUIDE®'s favorites. His
latest movie, CASA DE LOS
BABYS, is a profound movie
that makes some interesting
spiritual points, but
unfortunately has too many
characters and not enough
focus. The movie opens with a
woman carrying a baby around a
nursery and singing to it. A
nun enters and tells the nurse
that she spoils the babies.
Cut to a woman leaving two
children behind in a shack and
heading off to work as a
cleaning woman at the home
where they sell the babies.
Next cut to a couple of the
women from America discussing
what they will do as mothers
and complaining about how long
it takes to get a baby. One of
them is a health nut, Darryl
Hannah, another is a whiner,
another is a born again
Christian that used to be an
alcoholic, one is a tough New
York publisher, and so forth.
Another subplot involves a
little boy who lives on the
streets, steals, and sniffs
glue and paint to survive. As
the movie slowly develops, it
becomes clear that there are a
lot of scams occurring. Some
of the American women have
lied about their marriages,
income, and abilities, and the
house of babies has taken a
long time, sometimes months,
to provide babies for these
women because they're charging
them exorbitant fees to stay
there. Clearly, the born again
Christian is the most
sympathetic character, but the
second most sympathetic
character is the one who
believes in psychic phenomena.
There are many eclectic views
presented. The direction and
acting in the individual
scenes are very good, but on
the whole, director Sayles has
tried to deal with too many
characters and not enough
plot. The movie has no nudity
or sex and gets an "extreme
caution" because of the foul
language. Please address your
comments to: Joshua Sapan,
President/CEO IFC Films/IFC
Entertainment Rainbow Media
Holdings, Inc. (Independent
Movie Channel/IFC Films/Bravo
Networks) 200 Jericho
Quadrangle Jericho, NY
11753 Phone: (516)
803-3000 Fax: (516)
803-4616 Website:
www.ifctv.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 95 minutes

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Content:

(C, O, Co, LL, V, A, DD, M) Subtle Christian worldview examining the baby trade in South America, as wealthy Americans come down to buy children, and, although a Christian character is the most sympathetic, the second most sympathetic character is one who believes in occult psychic phenomena, and there is one Communist character; 14 obscenities and one profanity; street children spanked by adults; no sex; no nudity; alcohol use; smoking and drug use by street urchins; and, stealing, lying, and revolutionary activities.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

CASA DE LOS BABYS is about a group of American women in an unnamed country in Latin America who are staying at an orphanage where they are selling babies for adoption. CASA DE LOS BABYS is a profound movie that makes some interesting spiritual points, but unfortunately has too many characters and not enough focus, plus some strong foul language and brief drug use.

Review:

John Sayles is a terrific filmmaker. Some of his movies have been MOVIEGUIDE®'s favorites. His latest movie, CASA DE LOS BABYS, is a profound movie that makes some interesting spiritual points, but unfortunately has too many characters and not enough focus.

The movie opens with a woman carrying a baby around a nursery and singing to it. A nun enters and tells the nurse that she spoils the babies. Cut to a woman leaving two children behind in a shack and heading off to work as a cleaning woman at the home where they sell the babies. Next cut to a couple of the women from America discussing what they will do as mothers and complaining about how long it takes to get a baby. One of them is a health nut, Darryl Hannah, another is a whiner, another is a born again Christian that used to be an alcoholic, one is a tough New York publisher, and so forth. Another subplot involves a little boy who lives on the streets, steals, and sniffs glue and paint to survive.

As the movie slowly develops, it becomes clear that there are a lot of scams occurring. Some of the American women have lied about their marriages, income, and abilities, and the house of babies has taken a long time, sometimes months, to provide babies for these women because they're charging them exorbitant fees to stay there.

Clearly, the born again Christian is the most sympathetic character, but the second most sympathetic character is the one who believes in psychic phenomena. There are many eclectic views presented.

The direction and acting in the individual scenes are very good, but on the whole, director Sayles has tried to deal with too many characters and not enough plot. The movie has no nudity or sex and gets an "extreme caution" because of the foul language.

Please address your comments to:

Joshua Sapan, President/CEO

IFC Films/IFC Entertainment

Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc.

(Independent Movie Channel/IFC Films/Bravo Networks)

200 Jericho Quadrangle

Jericho, NY 11753

Phone: (516) 803-3000

Fax: (516) 803-4616

Website: www.ifctv.com

SUMMARY: CASA DE LOS BABYS is about a group of American women in an unnamed country in Latin America who are staying at an orphanage where they are selling babies for adoption. CASA DE LOS BABYS is a profound movie that makes some interesting spiritual points, but unfortunately has too many characters and not enough focus, plus some strong foul language and brief drug use.

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