When Hope Springs Maternal

They want to adopt babies, so six North American women wait out the residency requirements imposed on them by an unnamed South American country. They eat. They shop. They very tentatively explore the alien culture they impatiently inhabit. Over the course of a highly compressed 95 minutes we get a sense of the maternally frustrated lives they have lived before arriving at the Casa de los Babys.

In a way this is a typical John Sayles movie--interwoven, contrasting stories told in a civilized, humane and fairly leisurely way. But in some ways it is not. His best recent work, Lone...

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