Ten-year-old Estrella gets three wishes. Her first wish is for her missing mother to return to her. She does. What Estrella doesn’t expect is for her mom to return in the form of a ghost that will follow her everywhere she goes. Estrella joins a gang of orphans who try to find their own way out of a messy reality in which day-to-day Mexican cartel violence is a common occurrence.
Writer-director Issa López works with an excellent cast of child actors to bring to life this captivating horror tale which explores human connections in a sea of nightmares and bloodshed. Tigers Are Not Afraid is brutal, enchanting and magical in every sense.
“A scary yet sometimes fanciful story of a little girl…like a dirtied-up Guillermo del Toro flick” – April Wolfe, Village Voice