Herod's Law

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Mexico, 1949. When a corrupt mayor is murdered by disgruntled villagers, Governor Lopez (Armendáriz), who's up for re-election, has him replaced by Vargas (Alcázar), an honest and loyal garbage supervisor. Attempts to improve the backwater are stifled when Vargas realises his predecessor stole the entire budget. Instead of money, Lopez hands Vargas a gun and explains Herod's Law: 'Screw them or they'll screw you.' Vargas gets the hang of it, with the help of greedy gringo Cox, and rapidly becomes a paranoid, misogynistic megalomaniac. This black comedy takes satirical swipes at connivance, corruption and the self-serving attitude of Mexican politicians in a country ruled by the same party for seven decades. In a spooky irony, the government tried to ban the film. They failed and lost the election.

By: JFu


Release details

120 mins

Cast and crew

Luis Estrada
Luis Estrada, Jaime Sampietro, Fernando León, Vicente Leñero
Damián Alcázar
Pedro Armendáriz
Alex Cox
Leticia Huijara
Isela Vega
Salvador Sánchez
Guillermo Gil
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