Tigers Are Not Afraid ★★★★

I've had my eye out for this film for a couple years now, so I was very pleased to finally be able to see it. And for the most part I'd say it lives up to the reputation it's garnered; a brutal, yet tender modern fairy tale addressing true to life atrocities and injustices. Beautifully captured, with a stellar cast of child actors, and an overwhelmingly depressive atmosphere. My only real complaint is the score feels a bit lacking, hardly bad, but mostly very simplistic and a bit emotionally manipulative, which is wholly unnecessary as the writing and acting hits the notes without the extra push. All this is accomplished in a brisk, sub 90 minute run time as well. I'll be eagerly awaiting Lopez's next film.

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