The Diva Del Mar Fantastic Fest Reviews: Tigers Are Not Afraid


Circumstances are just terrible for these poor children. The rag-tag gang of youngsters begrudgingly accept Estrella, but only after she proves herself by completing an enormously dangerous task. Read the full article on AICN

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The story centers around a little girl, Estrella, played by Paola Lara, who comes home from a rough day at school to find her mother is gone. Directed by Issa López, Tigers Are Not Afraid (Siempre Vuelven) is a dark and intimate fairy tale that illuminates enormous social corruption in Mexico. As I catch up with my Fantastic Fest reviews, I am super excited to write up this amazing gem of a film. Adding the fantasy element to the film

Finish the article on AICN Through their misadventures, the Tigers become the target of the area crime boss and must hide away to stay alive. The people in these communities are at the mercy of a corrupt system and poverty. To the children living on the street, it is common knowledge that if your mother disappears, she has been killed by the current drug lord in power. Sadly, there are a lot of homeless orphans in this part of Mexico, as local drug lords and their gangs make it a habit to systematically torture and murder who they please. She forges a fragile friendship with the leader of the “Tigers,” a boy named, Shine, played by Juan Ramón López, who both respects and resents her. Directed byIssa López, Tigers Are Not Afraid (Siempre Vuelven) is a dark and intimate fairy tale that illuminates enormous social corruption in Mexico. After days of waiting and driven by hunger, Estrella wanders out and befriends a small gang of homeless boys in her neighborhood.