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La Ley De Herodes (2000)

Cast: Damián Alcázar, Damián Alcázar, Pedro Armendariz, Jr., more...
Director: Luis Estrada, Luis Pico Estrada
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Political Satire, Latin America, Mexico
Running Time: 122 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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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. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Justice, Mexican-Style by talltale August 13, 2004 - 4:09 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Having recently seen the Al Pacino film "People I Know" and found it immensely cynical (but bracing), I just stumbled onto a movie even more cynical. LA LEY DE HERODES nicely encapsulates the history of justice in Mexico into a single story of politics as they dribble down from governor of a province to mayor of a tiny town whose citizens--mostly Indians--don't even speak Spanish. This pitch-dark comedy about greed is gorgeously filmed (the dvd tranfer is exemplary), well-acted, directed and written, although its heavy (occasionally heavy-handed) cynicism makes the tale grow increasingly predictable, right up to the ironic--and none too surprising--ending. Every character here (save one) is so venal or easily corrupted that you may find yourself objecting to the whole thing on principle: Come on, everybody can't be THIS bad! Well, maybe they can, and since Mexico has no history of playing fair with its populace, why should the people play fair with each other? In the lead role, Damian Alcazar is terrific, and the supporting cast is too, right down the line, with Alex Cox--is this the noted film director?--playing a sleazy gringo. Recommended, but brace yourself.

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(Average 7.35)
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Cinema Latino Collection
movies from the cinema latino collection. This is a collection that Fox is putting out,. Movies from spain, mexico, argenitina. I've seen a few of these and they were good so I think the collection is worth checking out.
Mexican Movies in Geencine that I like.

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