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Mr. President

Adapted from a classic novel by Miguel Angel Asturias, this brutal Venezuelan political drama (2007) examines how fear and corruption trickle down into all strata of society. In an unnamed Latin American country a malevolent president eradicates enemies both real and imagined while romance improbably blooms between his aide and the daughter of an exiled general. Director Romulo Guardia adeptly dramatizes the pecking order of sycophants who cater to the president. The film also includes several graphic scenes depicting torture, and though the violence isn't gratuitous, the practice has been essayed in so many other political dramas that it's lost its potency. In Spanish with subtitles. 120 min.

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