Six American women are waiting to adopt babies in an unnamed Latin American country. They are required to stay in the country until the legal papers are prepared and the adoption consummated. They are in a hotel run by a frustrated local woman (Moreno) whose husband has been exiled for his politics and whose son is also a political ideologue with Marxist leanings. Obviously, this puts the staff at odds with the women whom they and the other locals loathe for taking away the infants born there.
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Each of the women has their own reasons for wanting to adopt: a twisted sense of adult duty, hope in repairing a failing marriage, ticking biological clock, desire to have a child despite medical problems, and pure love. The viewers and the other women learn this as these women forced to spend their days together kill time, often in frustration and impatience, waiting for some word about their pending adoptions. The film follows about a day-and-a-half in the lives of these women and those in the town who peripherally come into contact with them, including a street urchin, an unemployed laborer, a young girl who is deciding whether her unborn child will be put up for adoption, and a domestic who works in the hotel.
Written and directed by John Sayles, this film doesn't end with a resolution to the questions or ideas presented. Rather, it provokes viewers to think about those ideas presented.
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