La Ley de Herodes (Herod's Law)


La Ley de Herodes (Herod's Law)

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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 backwaters. When he is visited by slick PRI politico Lopez (Pedro Armendariz), however, he learns the officially sanctioned way of running the town: at gunpoint while pilfering the bank vaults. Soon Vargas becomes a power-mad despot, more than willing to steal or kill to further his goals. Though his PRI bosses try to reign him in, the lynch mob soon appears to be the inevitable end of Vargas' political career. The first film to criticize the PRI by name, Estrada's bitter farce savages the ruling party, the church and U.S. intervention. Cult director Alex Cox plays a small role as a seedy gringo.


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  • Dec 25, 2011
    Starts off with a funny, caustic humour, but the tone changes and wears off, drags, stretches in an unfunny, unsurprising second half. The idea was better than the outcome. Great leading performance.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2008
    The first movie I saw in Mexico, a good representation of the corruption of the PRI, yet again something that should be studied before watching the film. Solid satire throughout of the political atmosphere of Mexico post-WWII. Good acting, funny, and also has its fair share of violence.
    Lenny M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2008
    La Ley de Herodes.....o te ch*ngas o te j*des! Esta película retrata con fidelidad y humor todos los personajes dentro de la política mexicana durante el periodo en el que el PRI tenía el poder absoluto dentro del gobierno. Lanzada meses antes de las elecciones presidenciales del 2000, la cinta habla sobre Juan Vargas, un donnadie que es mandado a ser presidente municipal de un pueblo en medio de la nada, en la cual descubre las maravillas del poder, con todo y dinero y corrupción. Las actuaciones son acertadas, y el guión está genial. Y sí, me dió un brote de nacionalismo y quise grabar mi crítica en español. :)
    Liolia K Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2007
    I love the taste of political controversy in cinema, be it oldie or modern. Luis Estrada's only hit (not miss) is a wonderful work full of satyrical, in-your-face humor criticizing the "revolutionary and institutional" regime that hunted and raped Mexico for 70 years. This came out one year before such prolonged period would be over, and it's interesting to see the director's skillful abilities to show his ideas, win the hearts of liberalist critics and separate audiences, including democrats. There were some missing elements for me and some others resembled a soap opera from Televisa, but this is among the finest pieces of work Mexico could offer before Iñárritu and several other independent and amateur filmmakers arrived to the big screen. 85/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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