La Ley de Herodes (Herod's Law) (2000)
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Luis Estrada directs this groundbreaking and extremely controversial satire about Mexico's long-ruling political party, the PRI. Set in the late 1940s in the remote, thoroughly backwards village of San Pedro de los Saguaros, the film focuses on Vargas (Damian Alcazar), a petty politician who had the dubious honor of being appointed town mayor after his predecessor was decapitated for corruption by an angry mob. At first, he tries to balance the books and to bring the 20th century to the
Jan 20, 2000 Wide
Feb 3, 2004
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Pedro Armendariz Jr.
Juan Carlos Colombo
Ernesto Gomez Cruz
Luis de Icaza
Eduardo López Rojas
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Herod's Law is beautifully photographed, its imagery glazed with a sepia patina that suggests dust and neglect.
Alczar, who won the Mexican Oscar for his performance, brings a lot of energy to the role, but it's not enough to counterbalance the film's heavy-handed predictability.
Alcazar makes a deft transition from idiot to maniac, serving as an anchor for the broad performances around him.
Accomplished and delightfully subversive.
Often heavy-handed and obvious.
Half Preston Sturges and half Sam Peckinpah...though it sometimes takes its swipes with a bludgeon rather than a scalpel, it hits more often than it misses.
To connect with the story, you have to care about the victims or the character who falls from grace and unfortunately, you don't give a hot tamale about either.
Juan arms himself with a rewritten town constitution and a pistol. Kinky sex and ill-gotten dinero shortly follow.
As the story unfolds, Alcazar's slow-burn performance pays off with a venomous brilliance, making the audience choke on the guffaws that came so easily earlier.
Oddly, but quite effectively, it's a comedy. A dark comedy, but funny nonetheless.
Audience Reviews for La Ley de Herodes (Herod's Law)
- Rosa: My husband...
- Gringo: Is an asshole.
- Rosa: Is an asshole.
- Juan Vargas: What do I do with the body?
- Dona Lupe: Stick it yourself.
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