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Toronto After Dark Review: ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’

October 18, 2018Britany Murphy

The violence in our world is an element which seems like it will never stop; but how would we deal with the ghosts of the victims of these ever-present violent acts? Tigers Are Not Afraid does not hold back in showing us another deep, dark and interesting world.

The film follows a young orphaned girl, named Estrella (Paola Lara) as she embarks on a journey — one that many would find terrifying. With three wishes at her behest, Estrella wishes for her mother to return, and though her wish is granted, it's not in the way one might think. With the ghost of her mother forever at her back, Estrella joins a group of other children orphaned by violence.

Directed by Issa Lopez, Tigers Are Not Afraid is a well-made, well-directed and well-acted film. With subject matter that blurs the lines between horror, drama and the supernatural, the result shifts the narrative of traditional horror movies, and it all blends together seamlessly.

Tigers Are Not Afraid makes its Toronto premiere at the 2018 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 23 min.

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