sobota, 15. april 2017

Que Dios nos perdone (2016)

aka May God Forgive Us

Slo naslov: -
Angleški naslov: May God Forgive Us
Država: Španija
Jezik: Španščina
Leto: 2016
Dolžina: 127', Imdb
Žanri: Drama, Triler
Slo recenzija: -
Režija: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Scenarij: Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Isabel Peña
Igrajo: Antonio de la Torre, Roberto Álamo, Josean Bengoetxea, Mónica López, Luis Zahera, Rocío Muñoz, José Luis García Pérez


The economic crisis, the 15-M movement and the pilgrims awaiting the arrival of the Pope, all coexist in a Madrid that’s hotter and more chaotic than ever. Inspectors Velarde and Alfaro must find what appears to be a serial killer, as soon as possible and with the utmost confidentiality. 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. - Sitges Film Festival


With a powerful soundtrack courtesy of Olivier Arson, perfect urban settings, and amazing editing by Fernando Franco (Wounded) and Alberto del Campo that never softens the pace, May God Save Us starts off by studying its protagonists and settings almost like a documentary, with a shaky camera; then, it transforms halfway through, using less of a raw style of cinematography and a gentler visual style, as the storyline becomes increasingly tense. The movie unfolds in the most fetid corners of Madrid during the summer of 2011, as the common people protested against the dire financial crisis, camped out in the Puerta del Sol square (the much-publicised 15M anti-austerity movement), the police clamped down on them and the city hall welcomed, with considerable pomp, the Pope and thousands of believers who flocked to the Spanish capital to sing psalms. That explosive cocktail of antagonism and that tense, strained atmosphere, exacerbated by the blistering heat, are perfectly palpable in Sorogoyen’s third feature.

In this unfriendly context, a pair of oddball policemen – the magnificent Antonio de la Torre (as believable as he was in the equally raging The Fury of a Patient Man) and Roberto Álamo (who is likely to win a Goya Award for his performance, after he played the tiger-man in The Skin I Live In) – must track down a swine who’s going around killing old ladies. Along the way, they will have to learn to get along (as they have conflicting personalities), grapple with their demons and ghosts, and carry around their most personal problems. And so May God Save Us morphs into an unusual buddy movie that makes no attempt to hide its fascination with Polanski’s Repulsion and Chinatown, or Fincher’s Seven and Zodiac. And, just like those films, its aim is also to make us have an entertainingly bad time. - Alfonso Rivera, Cineuropa


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