Reviews for ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’

“For horror film and fantasy fans, this is the real thing, and so is Lopez.”
– James Verniere, Boston Herald

“Endorsed warmly by Guillermo del Toro (‘Pan’s Labyrinth’), the film is imbued with ‘troubled young encountering the eerie’ roots akin to Jennifer Kent’s ‘The Babadook’ (2014) and de Toro’s own ‘The Devil’s Backbone’ (2001).”
Tom Meek, Cambridge Day

“A bullet-strewn fairy tale from writer-director Issa López about Mexican orphans of cartel violence. It’s a heightened, harrowing children’s adventure spiked with moments of pure terror, great sadness and pointed politics if you’re listening for them. This is a hell of a movie.”
– Sean Burns, The ARTery

“Violent, terrifying and magical in equal measure, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID is a stunning fairytale that fearlessly explores the struggle to survive from a child’s perspective and gives voice to an entire generation abandoned by society.”
– Nicole McControversy, Boston Underground Film Festival

“It gets its claws into you, and won’t let go.”
– Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

“While del Toro puts his characters into historical conflicts, López is right at home spinning a modern-day fairytale that directly addresses the cost of daily violence.”
– Monica Castillo, The Wrap


FRI, SEP 20 – TUE, SEP 24

Added Screening! Tuesday 9/24 at 8:30

2017 • dir Issa López w/Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Hanssel Casillas, Rodrigo Cortes, Ianis Guerrero, Tenoch Huerta • 83 min • DCP

This startling, phantasmagoric film from acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Issa López is a modern-day gothic fairytale that tracks one of the too-often-overlooked tragedies of the ongoing drug war on our southern border – the orphaned children caught in the crossfire. Ten-year old Estrella (Lara) finds herself living on the streets when her mother suddenly disappears. Estrella joins a gang of street kids and becomes a guiding force in their group, leading them on a quest to survive in a violent world that they can’t fully understand. López deftly weaves in fantastic elements to the film – softening the harshness of the reality in which these children are forced to exist just enough so that they – and the audience – are not completely shattered.

Staff Pick! Alissa, Joey

Audience Award Winner, Boston Underground Film Festival 2018
Winner, Best Director (Horror Features), Fantastic Fest 2017

Ticket Information:

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Friday 9/20
at 9:30 PM
Saturday 9/21
at 9:30 PM
Sunday 9/22
at 9:30 PM
Tuesday 9/24
at 8:30 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.