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Film Review: ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’

A graffiti tiger paces behind the bars of his spray-painted cage. Rivulets of blood snake from a crime scene to track characters through paint-peeling hallways. A grand piano burns amid the shadows of a gutted warehouse. Goldfish swim in puddles carved into the cement that surrounds a shattered tank. These and the countless more equally stunning images crowd Issa López’s “Tigers Are Not Afraid,” searing themselves upon the brain — each and every one a metaphor (some more intuitive than others) for the dangers that daily face a group of Mexican street children, collateral damage in the country’s senseless drug war.

A well-established screenwriter whose credits run the gamut from romantic comedies to the tense, Tim Roth-starring cartel thriller “600 Miles,” still finding her voice as a director, López feels her way forward in a way that simply can’t be ignored with “Vuelven.” The title means “They Return” in Spanish,

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