almost 8 years
A must watch for everyone Ilustrates the poor and sad reality of Mexico's political system
Herod's Law (original Spanish title La ley de Herodes) is a 1999 Mexican comedy film produced by Bandidos Films; it's a political satire of corruption in Mexico and the long-ruling PRI party (notably the first Mexican film to criticize PRI explicitly by name and carried some controversy and interference from the Mexican government because of it ). The film won the Ariel Award for Best Picture from the Mexican Academy of Film.
After the mayor of the fictional village San Pedro de los Saguaros is lynched by angry villagers, a petty PRI party member named Juan Vargas (Damián Alcázar) is appointed temporary mayor by the state governor. At first the new mayor attempts to do good but a lack of funds cripples his efforts, and the bribe of a brothel owner sets him on the path to corruption. Seeking help from his superior, the secretary to the PRI governor, he is given a copy of the constitution of Mexico and a revolver and is told that the only law is Herod's law: literally translated: ...