Wow! The writing team that put Capadocia together did an incredible job. As intricate as an labyrinthine Escher graphic and woven together as seamlessly as a giant medieval tapestry, the cast, art direction, cinematography, and sound was a complete wall to wall experience. Undoubtedly, if this had been a U.S. series with a comparable level of artistry, it would be talked about in the media, and its stars would be icons of all the hosted TV interview shows. Whether the level, style, and omnipresence of corruption depicted in the film mirrors the real Mexico--I couldn't say. However, thinking of what Garcia Marquez has said about Latin American fiction, i.e., that the Latin American writer doesn't have to be concerned about making his/her stories imaginative, but rather has to figure out a way to make real life plausible, suggests that the series may be accurate. The cultural world of the characters--both inmates and administrators--are not much different from the way we have come to see them depicted in the U.S., except perhaps with a bit more Catholicism. If Spanish is Greek to you, you still should be able to enjoy the production. If you understand Spanish, so much the better. Unfortunately, though the subtitles clean up the spoken dialogue so the Spanish equivalent of M___ther F__ker is rendered as something like "You're full of crap."
Dolores Heredia, although seemingly not given top billing is the locus of the action. She and her estranged husband, played by Marco Trevino are amazing, as is most of the cast.