La Ley de Herodes (Herod's Law) (2000)

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 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.
R (for violence, sexuality and language)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Isela Vega
as Dona Lupe
Alex Cox
as Gringo
Damián Alcázar
as Juan Vargas
Luis de Icaza
as Alfredo Garcia
Manuel Ojeda
as Barman
Ernesto Gomez Cruz
as Gobernador
Dona Lupe
as Isela Vega
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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (12)

Herod's Law is beautifully photographed, its imagery glazed with a sepia patina that suggests dust and neglect.

Full Review… | October 2, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Alcazar makes a deft transition from idiot to maniac, serving as an anchor for the broad performances around him.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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Accomplished and delightfully subversive.

September 12, 2003
Seattle Times
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Funny, evocatively photographed, and vibrantly acted salvo.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
Boston Globe
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Comes off as cartoonish drivel, broadly played and poorly written.

July 16, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Audience Reviews for La Ley de Herodes (Herod's Law)

La volvi a ver y volvi a caer ante el encanto de esta radiografia de nuestros pueblos,explotados por los gobiernos corruptos, Damian Alcazar encabeza un reparto impecable, Excelente!

Ramses Cairo
Ramses Cairo

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 Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

This is a black comedy of errors about the past politics of Mexico. The corrupt members of governor appoint a junk yard manager as Mayor of a small Mexican pueblo. He turns corrupt (of course like all Mexican politics it is implied) and steals and causes great havoc in the small town of the big cactus. Its a great satire and very funny although somewhat violent. I saw the lead actor Damian Alcazar in the Ecuadorian movie Cronicas. He is good in this role and was great in Cronicas.(translated from the profane, Herod's law means "get somebody else before he gets you") I would rate it 3 stars if I were rating an American movie. As a Mexican movie I give it high rating 4-5 stars as so few well constructed well shot movies ever come from Mexico!! Be sure and read the review from the SFGate I still like this movie!!

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