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On selected Sundays, the Facets Cinémathèque proudly presents a monthly series featuring contemporary Latin American films. Curated by Cinema Tropical.
HEROD'S LAW (LA LEY DE HERODES)
"A bracingly sarcastic political comedy...possessed of a baleful satiric
eye for hypocrisy and greed, a delicious anti-clerical bent, and
pitch-perfect comic timing." -L.A. Weekly
Recommended! "A delirious comic fable... a tribute to Touch of Evil...The actors are uniformly excellent!" -Chicago Reader
One of the most controversial films in recent Mexican history, the political
satire Herod's Law created a sensation when it opened in its home country.
It follows the story of Juan Vargas, an idealistic junkyard supervisor, who
is installed as a small-town mayor, after three holders of that office had
been lynched. In his new post, Juan quickly learns that the system works
according to Herod's Law -- "do unto others what you can get away with" --
and his good intentions in bringing modernity and social justice to the town
rapidly disappear. His use of bribery, blackmail, and even murder to
consolidate his power served as a pointed criticism of Mexico's longstanding
tradition of corruption. The first film to attack the PRI (Institutional
Revolutionary Party) by name, when the party was still in power, Herod's Law
became an award-winning hit despite government attempts to sabotage its
release. A hilarious black comedy with remarkable performances and biting
Directed by Luis Estrada, Mexico, 2000, 35mm, 123 mins. In Spanish
with English subtitles.