Herod's Law (La Ley de Herodes)
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I own the Spanish VHS version and to me it was hilarious while at the same time very realistic.
A word of warning: if you are not Mexican or at least from other latinamerican country, you might not get all the jokes, or reasoning behind some actions. You have to be familiar with the culture. Then again, if you buy it, you may watch it again, perhaps in the company of a hispanic friend.
I really recommend it both as a comedy, and as a "general culture" must-have.
As a bonus, you will learn several Spanish bad words, should you want to impress your friends!
Review by Edgardo
The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema seems to be in resurgence. A Mexican Film maker Luis Estrada has produced a wicked satire on a political system (and political party as well). And he names the culprit. From 1927 up until the election of Vicente Fox in 2000, the PRI party reigned supreme on a throne of corruption over Mexico. The film is set in the 1930's or early 40's and has a delightful mambo score that uplifts this oftentimes grim comedy. La Ley de Herodes doesn't dwell much on the big dogs at the top, but more the politics of the small village level. Damian Alzar in the lead role of the Janitor turned small town mayor, or "Presidente Municipal" is perfect as the likeable dolt that the party bosses select to head the town of San Juan de Los Saguares, a mostly Indian village in the mountain deserts of Central Mexico. Where the only vegetation seems to be the tall Saguaro cactus. What the janitor turned mayor doesn't know is that the inhabitants of the village have killed the last several mayors that the party had sent to the town, the last one by decapitation. The Indians are incredibly poor, everyone is dirty and dusty, the village school lies in ruins, and most of the inhabitants don't even speak Spanish. There are just a few characters with any integrity what so ever. If an American director had made the film it would have been lambasted as racist and ethnically stereotypical. Still, even with being a being a Mexican Film it was suppressed and banned for years
The acting is first rate and it is hilarious...It is a guilty pleasure at times. The innocent patsy janitor grows into a first rate thieving PRI politician with the huge Mexican Criminal Code book in one hand and a pistol in the other.Read more ›
Vargas is an insignificant but faithful member of the ruling class at that moment. he is sent to a forgotten point of the Mexican Geography where nobody seems to know it. The story is told in 1949, and progressively you may realize how the entire system is so corrupted that soon he will be part of this nasty whirlwind in which everybody is aware of it and no one makes nothing to avoid it. And Vargas will make all what his survival hyena's attitude orders it. Every person who dares to intervene or contradict him is an enemy of the Revolution.
The magnificent plot will experience a clever twist of fate and you will be shocked by the acidic finale.
One of the ten best Latin American films of the decade. Don't overlook it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this movie. Received the movie withing a couple days as was promised when I ordered it. Very happy with my purchase.Published 2 months ago by Juan
A little crass but effective. Great first movie in a potential trilogy.Published 5 months ago by C. J. Vazquez
GREAT MOVIE ABOUT POWER AND CORRUPTION. EVERYBODY SHOULD SEE IT.Published 8 months ago by Margarita jonas
Yet another great movie by Luis Estrada starring Damian Alcazar, a powerful satire of the corrupt Mexican politics at the beginning of the 20th century. Read morePublished 11 months ago by atlantic1
As a corrupt mayor is lynched by the town's furious residents, the party appoints a new mayor as a figurehead until the elections. Read morePublished 18 months ago by sevencrystalballs
Other than some ironic humor, this movie portrays lascivious immorality, multiple murders, cruelty, political asininity, and rewards all of it with SICK humor, stupidity, greed,... Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Annette C. Walker
This movie is great! I got if for my husband for christmas. It arrived sooner than I expected it to. IPublished on January 9, 2014 by Biseida Duque
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