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May God Save Us (2016)

Que Dios nos perdone (original title)
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Inspectors Velarde and Alfaro must find what appears to be a serial killer. This hunt against the clock will make them realize something they'd never thought about: neither one of them is that different from the killer.


Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio de la Torre ... Velarde
Roberto Álamo ... Alfaro
Javier Pereira ... Andrés
Luis Zahera ... Alonso
Raúl Prieto ... Bermejo
María de Nati ... Elena
María Ballesteros María Ballesteros ... Rosario
José Luis García Pérez ... Sancho (as José Luis García-Perez)
Mónica López ... Amparo
Rocío Muñoz-Cobo Rocío Muñoz-Cobo ... Juana
Teresa Lozano Teresa Lozano ... Amalia
Fran Nortes Fran Nortes ... Rafael March
Andrés Gertrúdix ... Padre Raúl
Jesús Caba Jesús Caba ... Rubio
Alfonso Bassave ... Céspedes


During the scorching summer of 2011 in bustling central Madrid and in the background of the imminent Papal visit, the metropolis pulsates with anticipation while thousands of pilgrims flock to the capital. However, in the bowels of the city, there is something sinister going on, as it seems that a string of sex-related homicides have been taking place under the nose of the police, nurturing a scandal that no one wants to break out. Under those circumstances, two investigators, the brilliant, yet eccentric Luis Velarde and the hot-headed loose cannon Javier Alfaro must track down the sadistic and methodical serial killer in total secrecy. But to catch a killer, one must first keep his own demons at bay. Written by Nick Riganas

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Release Date:

28 October 2016 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

May God Save Us See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain See more »


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Most of the interior scenes (the houses and the police station) were shot in Tenerife because of the tax advantages that exist in the Canary Islands. See more »


Javier Alfaro: I made a mistake and lost control. I've been seeing a shrink for two months, he gives me pills...
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Lyrics by José Galhardo
Music by Frederico Valério
Performed by Amália Rodrigues
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Excellent and violent thriller with awesome performances from Antonio De La Torre and Roberto Álamo
18 November 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

May God Save Us (Que Dios Nos Perdone) dealing with two men who cannot control their lives , it is set in Madrid , summer 2011 . Economic crisis . 15-m movement and 1.5 million pilgrims waiting for the Pope's arrival live side by side in a Madrid that's hotter and more chaotic than ever . In this context , is when two Police Inspectors with an institutionalized dereliction of duty , the stuttering Luis Velarde (Antonio De La Torre) and the violent Alfaro (Roberto Álamo) must find what appears to be a serial killer and meanwhile , they pull off extreme actions . This hunt against the clock will make them realize something they'd never thought about : none of them is more different than the murderer . The two detectives pursue relentlessly the ruthless murderous and at whatever cost . Both of whom carry out a merciless chase which unspools in a hot Madrid overrun by the pilgrims because of a visit by the pope , Juan Pablo II , including unexpected outbursts in which take place ominous murders , treason , violence and vengeance .

This is a grimy as well as moving -though downbeat- thriller in American style , here there are violent scenes , intrigue , frantic action , interesting characters and a lot of surprising twists and turns . The violence could be deemed excessive , especially when it occurs some grisly killings . Rodrigo Sorogoyen's "May God Save Us" , turns out to be to be a great thriller ; resulting in a stirring serial-killer procedural . This melancholic movie is multi-layered in its issues of friendship , violence , confrontation , relentless pursuit and twisted finale . Acting , settings , photography , soundtrack and glossy production values create an above average film , being filled with suspense , frenetic action , thrills , violence , extreme tension and plot twists . One backer , the great production company : Tornasol Films , won an Academy Award for "The Secret in Their Eyes" , while another , Antena Tres media Cinema Production , financed movies made by prestigious directors . Nice and evocative production design , as we see some central zones from Madrid , downtown , Puerta Del Sol , Gran Via , but also its poorness and misery , and some others fine locations . High profile cast with splendid duo protagonist : Antonio De La Torre and Roberto Álamo are frankly top-notch , both of them give two unforgettable and top-drawer interpretations . Support cast is pretty well , such as : Luis Zahera , Mónica López , Andrés Gertrúdix , Alfonso Bassave and José Luis Garcia Pérez . Special mention for Javier Pereira who plays splendidly a surprising role . It packs colorful , sunny and atmospheric cinematography by Álex de Pablo . Thrilling and exciting musical score by Olivier Arson . Álex De Pablo and Olivier Arson are expert craftsmen and Rodrigo Sorogoyen's regulars.

This grueling film ¨Que Dios Nos Perdone¨ ("May God Save Us") was stunningly directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen , adding a big step up in scale , budget and producing team to his previous works . ¨Que Dios Nos Perdone¨ making an appearance at the San Sebastian Film Festival , set to premiere in competition and achieving various awards . As prizes for homegrown talent , as screenwriter Isabel Peña and Rodrigo Sorogoyen won the Jury Prize for Best Screenplay for this tense Spanish film and subsequently it won some Goya Awards . Rodrigo is a television veteran with literally hundreds of episodes worth of work to his credit , Sorogoyen is a relatively recent newcomer to the world of features with ¨May God Save Us standing¨ as just his third feature effort and with this great production it would appear he's navigating the transition just fine . Being his first picture the romantic comedy ¨8 Citas¨, or international title ¨8 dates¨ . This his third feature ¨Que Dios Nos Perdone¨ (May God Save Us) , following 2013's Goya-nominated "Stockholm" that also starred Javier Pereira in which Sorogoyen turned heads with his crowdfunded film about a one-night stand between a girl on the edge of a nervous breakdown and a guy who just wants to have sex and leave . Similarly to his previous film "Stockholm" , in Rodrigo Sorogoyen's "May God Save Us" , there is an study of male psychology . ¨Que Dios Nos Perdone¨ rating : 7,5/10 . Better than average . Essential and indispensable watching . Worthwhile seeing .

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