I have to say I wasn’t prepared for Tigers are not Afraid, a part supernatural drama which is so much more than the some of its parts.
We are brought to the war torn streets of Mexico, which have been torn apart by the local cartel.
We’re put in the shoes of orphan Estrella who teams up with a group of young boys to firstly survive and then take down the cartel.
There is no escape as politics is hinted at and the police are already bought or too afraid to do anything.
Tigers are not Afraid is a raw portrayal of being an orphan in war as these kids simply try to survive but also try to be children in some really heartwarming moments.
Those warm and fuzzy moments are slipped in between some truly shocking scenes which will have tears welling in your eyes; this film doesn’t hold back and it’s all better for it.
The fantasy element which harks on the work of Guillermo del Toro (who Director Issa Lopez is working with on her next film) are dispersed throughout as we suspect there is more to Estrella than on the surface.
Tigers are not Afraid is a stunning film which rips your heart out and attempts to put it back together without ever feeling whole again; a modern masterpiece.
Tigers are not Afraid screened at Celluloid Screams – Sheffield Horror Film Festival on 20th October.