Mexico, 1949. The fable of a janitor turned Mayor on a little town lost in the Mexican desert, who gradually realizes how far his new acquainted power and corruption can get him.
Herod's Law translates into "La Ley de Herodes" which is a proverb people say frequently in politics, meaning that you're forced to do something you don't want to, but you have to do it anyways for your own good. I came in expecting something simple and boring, but I was in for a fun mexican movie about cynicism and politics.
This movie presents mexicans as lazy people and having lived here for most of my life I've become a bit lazy too so I'm just going to copy/paste the imdb synopsis: Mexico, 1949. The fable of a janitor turned Mayor on a little town lost in the Mexican desert, who gradually realizes how far his new acquainted power and corruption…
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.