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.Written by
The plush tiger was handmade. Three of them were used in the making of the film. Director Issa López owns the original, a second was kept as a backup in case of damage, and a third was cut into pieces in order to be scanned for the visual effects process. See more »
A movie that gets its claws into you and won't let go
In this dark fairytale written and directed by by Issa López, a gang of orphaned children battle to survive on the streets of Mexico amid the devastating backdrop of that country's drug wars. The kids are armed with three magical wishes to help them escape the clutches of the cartel that murdered their parents. This uncompromising movie sees López create a world that recalls the early films of Guillermo del Toro, imbued with her own gritty spin on magical realism to conjure a wholly unique experience. This is a movie with a real social conscience, López elicits solid performances from her young cast (who are all incredible). It's touching but unsentimental and quite often devastating (bad things happen to these kids), and is a movie that really gets its claws into you and refuses to let go.
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