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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, the fact that the majority of the villagers don’t speak Spanish, and the opposition of both the local doctor (an obstreperous PAN mayoral candidate) and Doña Lupe (the brothel owner) cripple his efforts.
Seeking help from his superior, López, 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: “either you get screwed or you get fucked” (“o te chingas o te jodes”). On his way back, he meets a caucasian American on the road when his car breaks down; the caucasian American looks under the hood, reconnects a wire and then asks Vargas for hundreds of dollars.
He says that he is the mayor of San Pedro and that he is good for the money, then laughing it off as he drives away. Returning to the town, a bribe from Doña Lupe sets him on the path to corruption.
When Vargas thus has become the executive, legislature and judiciary of the village all in one person he soon becomes corrupt, first accepting the bribes from Doña Lupe (which he extends into paying free visits to the brothel’s girls), and soon moving on to extort the local store owner and all of the villagers for even the smallest infractions. When questioned, he declares that he is funding a new project to bring electricity to the village with the help of an American engineer (in reality, the caucasian American he met earlier, having shown up in San Pedro wanting his money)—a farce which is obvious when only one utility pole is raised; still, the villagers are oblivious to this, except for the doctor.
Vargas becomes progressively more corrupt, and when Doña Lupe’s new bodyguard severely beats him after she resists his authoritarianism, he kills them both in retaliation. He incriminates Filemón, the local drunk, for the crime, and on the way to deliver him to the state’s authorities he kills Filemón in the middle of the road. When he returns to the town, he discovers that his wife (not blind about his visits to the brothel) and the caucasian American are having an affair, and the caucasian American flees.
Meanwhile, Vargas levies false accusations against the local doctor, assigning him the role of intellectual author in Doña Lupe’s murder; nonetheless, it is also revealed that the doctor has been sexually abusing the teenage girl that serves as his maid, and Vargas uses this to blackmail him into leaving the town or face incarceration. Having gotten rid of his enemies, Vargas becomes obsessed with power to the point where the whole town despises him, levying absurd taxes for everything, incarcerating those who refuse to pay, seizing their possessions (including animals), and rewriting several laws to his own absurd and tyrannical whims.
It is in the middle of this that López and his henchman, Tiburón, arrive to San Pedro, on the run after López’s men tried to shoot his rival for the governorship of the state, who is also president Alemán’s nephew. Seeing that the town had riches after all, López demands all the money Vargas has extorted from the villagers. Discovering that his wife has escaped with the caucasian American, taking all of the fortune with them, Vargas grows enraged and kills both López and Tiburón. Then, Vargas seems to meet his demise when he is surrounded by a crowd of torch-wielding villagers, but unlike the previous mayor, he avoids this fate by climbing up the sole pole he raised, and is saved when several police cars arrive, hot on the trail of López.
Vargas reappears at the very end of the film delivering a speech to the Mexican National Congress, a spot he earned as a prize for killing López. As Vargas says in his speech that the PRI must stay in power forever, the film cuts to the scene of a new mayor coming to San Pedro de los Saguaros in exactly the same way that Vargas did at the beginning.
Love these files
Something to listen to since my car has no radio or accurate clock without a code.
It’s needed because the battery cable came lose. I have the code in the glove box, but actually it’s a nicer drive without the radio so I’m leaving it disconnected.
If you don’t know Herod’s Law you’re fucked.
La Ley De Herodes – Película Completa.
Herod’s Law: Either you get screwed by the government. Or you get fucked.
Those are your only two options. You have freedom to choose. Enjoy.
¡Te tocó la ley de Herodes, o te chingas o te jodes!
(refrán que se refiere a que debes hacer algo que no quieres, pero te obligan a hacerlo y lo debes hacer por el bien propio).