Aroview: One of the most compelling 'wildlife' films of recent years proffers the tale of two Bengal tiger cubs, orphaned and separated by a remorseless hunter (Pearce) in 1920s French Indochina and then raised in captivity, in a circus and private zoo respectively.
As in THE BEAR, dir. Annaud manages the trick of conveying the tigers' characters, feelings and motives with clarity of moral purpose and minimal sentimentalizing. Underlain with a clear environmentalist message, this scarcely flinches at the plight of this species of graceful, if ferocious felines, although the target family audience is given some softening of reality. A rewarding film, that manages to provide a thoughtful and rare alternative to the usual Disney romanticism.