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After the corrupt former Mayor is killed by the peasants, poor janitor Juan Vargas is appointed new Mayor of a desert town in central Mexico. Although he tries to bring the motto of the ruling party to town (modernity, peace and progress) he realizes soon that there's nothing to do against corruption... except to become corrupt. Step by step, helped by his pistol, Juan Vargas becomes the law and the worst Major in the town's history.Written by
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No me hables en inglés hijo de la chingada; ahora si, pinche gringo, se acabó la deuda externa!
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Juan Vargas, the hero of "La Ley de Herodes" learns quickly his role as mayor of the forgotten town where the ruling PRI party has chosen him to preside. The town and its people stand as a Mexican metaphor for what's wrong in the country, as a whole.
At the beginning we watch as Juan is reluctant to follow the steps his predecessors took in governing the town, which stands as a microcosm of the way things have been done in Mexico. It speaks volumes that Mexico is one of the oldest 'democracies' in Latin America, where corruption is rampant. On wonders if Mexico is the role model, what can be found in other Latin countries. Mind you, not everything is perfect in the good old USA!
It is to Luis Estrada's credit that he has been able to do this satire that pokes fun at politics, but at the same time, it makes one thing clear: watch what politicians will do once they take public office.
Damian Alcazar is perfect as the goofy mayor Juan Vargas, who the bosses in the capital think he will be perfect for the job. Pedro Armendariz Jr. does wonders with his interpretation of a corrupt party higher-up. Delia Casanova as Rosa and Isela Vega as Dona Lupe, are excellent.
This is a lesson in Mexican politics!
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