de los Babys
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marcia Gay Harden, Daryl Hannah,
Lili Taylor, Susan Lynch and Rita Moreno.
Directed by: John Sayles
nice to see a strong woman based character piece. Director John
Sayles has an eye for talent that's for sure. He's gathered six
very individual women to tell his tale of six very individual
characters. There's a kettle of talent bubbling before you but
it's Marcia Gay Harden that truly steals the film; and within
this group that is saying a lot.
a group of child-less women find themselves forced into
a makeshift community while they await foreign adoption. Each
of them for their own personal reasons has traveled to this Latin
American location in hopes of adopting a child faster then the
American route. They are staying at a pricey resort run by a sharp
business woman (Rita Moreno) and trying to keep sane while they
jump the hurdles required to get a baby. As they wait for government
officials to unravel the red tape we watch their lives commingle
and learn about their personalities.
Jennifer (Maggi Gyllenhaal). We learn Jenn is from a rich and
privileged background. But money doesn't matter when you want
a child. Her telephone calls to and from her ever-working spouse
allow us to glimpse into a life that may be looking for company
more then the rewards of the parent.
there's Leslie (Lili Taylor) the tough single mom-wanna-be from
New York city. She's got some views on intimacy that'll make you
shudder and instantly realize her new baby will be scheduling
a high-priced therapist in its future for sure.
Next is Skipper (Daryl Hannah). She appears to have it all. Stunning
looks and a beachfront home
but she's is really the saddest
of the women. After many miscarriages and lost babies, you're
heart is aching as you watch her try and literally "exercise"
her demons out.
Soft-spoken Eileen (Susan Lynch) is the motherlyist of the impending
mothers. She's got that nurture gene some women are born with.
She understands parenting is a privilege not a right or an accessory.
We should all get one like this
Nan (Marcia Gay Harden) on the other side of the nursery field
is more like a child in need of a hug then an adult. She's a petty
woman that handles the most important of events like a stubborn
child winding up into a tantrum fit. When and if she gets a baby
one only hopes it'll bring out another side of this self-centered
Finally there's Gayle (Mary Steenburgen). Mary's the least decipherable
of the women. She observes and judges while remaining neutral
for the most part. We get a small glimpse into her ability to
condemn without trial and again shudder at her capabilities.
We also see the dramatic differences between the babies in the
orphanage awaiting their American benefactors and the local children
left on the street to fend for themselves. One gets the feeling
there's a bit of emotional direction from Sayles in these scenes
and he's attempting to show us, yes how sad the orphans have it,
but also how great it is these women go through the bother to
"save" these babies.
The film is not for everyone. It meanders towards the soft plot.
But the women each deliver memorable performances that linger
on days after viewing.
recommendation: An Ortho-Novum Colada