Estrella is 10 years old and has 3 wishes: The first one, that her missing mother comes back and it happens. Her mother returns but she is dead and follows Estrella everywhere. Petrified, Estrella tries to escape from her by joining a gang orphaned by violence. Soon she realizes that dead are never left behind and when you are in the middle of brutality and violence, wishes never come true the way you want them to be.
Maybe it’s the soft spot I have in my heart for these “children in peril” films (Brazil’s “Pixote”, Romania’s “Children Underground”, Morocco’s “Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets”, Democratic Republic of the Congo’s “War Witch”, etc.), but Mexico’s “Vuelven” (or “Tigers Are Not Afraid”) definitely ranks up there with the best of them. Funny, touching and brutal, this film will make you glad you have a home in which to watch it.
I can just imagine the suffering felt by other street kids in countries like India, the Philippines, Iraq, Turkey, Venezuela, Russia or even the United States. Their stories are still waiting to be told. Hopefully some brave filmmakers will get enough funds together to illustrate their plight as dramatically, and fantastically, as “Tigers Are Not Afraid.”
Director: Issa López
Writer: Issa López
Stars: Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Nery Arredondo
Release Date: 2 November 2017 (Mexico)
Also Known As: Tigers Are Not Afraid
Filming Locations: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 3.02 GiB
Duration : 1 h 23 min
Overall bit rate : 5 160 kb/s