Daryl Hannah

Women with hopes of adopting a baby

John Sayles has something to say in Casa de los Babys, about the relentless poverty afflicting Mexico, about the tragedy of children growing up among such depravation, about Americans and their condescending attitudes, about the plight of mothers forced to give up their babies and the emotional trauma suffered by women who desperately want children, but can't have them.

Casa de los Babys, in which six women share a Mexican motel while waiting for the babies they've been promised, addresses all of those issues. What it forgets to do is do it in the form of a movie. Instead, what Sayles gives us are a series of snapshots and a group of actresses all relishing the one big scene his...