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Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)

Vuelven (original title)
A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.

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Issa López

Writer:

Issa López
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paola Lara Paola Lara ... Estrella
Juan Ramón López Juan Ramón López ... El Shine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hanssel Casillas Hanssel Casillas ... Tucsi
Rodrigo Cortes Rodrigo Cortes ... Pop
Ianis Guerrero ... Caco
Tenoch Huerta ... El Chino
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Storyline

We are in some northern border. Any of them. All of them. 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 Tania Benitez

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Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 November 2017 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Tigers Are Not Afraid See more »

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Budget:

MXN 26,040,000 (estimated)
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The child cast members had zero acting experience, prior to working on this film. They were enrolled in improvisational workshops with an acting coach, prior to shooting. See more »

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One Of My Rare Tens.
30 September 2018 | by redrobin62-321-207311See all my reviews

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."


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