The award-winning Malaysian film, Tiger Stripes, is coming to Netflix on 15 February 2024.
The film, which won the Grand Prize for Best International Feature at the Cannes Critics’ Week, also premiered in local cinemas, with some censorship here and there. But if you missed it in theatres, you’ll be glad to know that you can finally watch it at home.
Directed by Amanda Nell Eu, Tiger Stripes has captivated audiences with its stellar performances and intimate storytelling. After all, it was even selected as Malaysia’s entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards.
A coming-of-age body horror film
Tiger Stripes follows 12-year-old Zaffan (played by newcomer Zafreen Zairizal), a rebellious and carefree girl who suddenly starts experiencing the physical and mental horrors of puberty. No matter how much she tries to deny these inevitable changes, she soon realises she’s got no control over them.
Things get worse when a case of mass hysteria hits her school, turning Zaffan into a social outcast while a visiting medical officer tries to weed out the ‘demon’ that’s rumoured to be haunting the girls.
As the situation escalates, Zaffan reveals her true self for everyone to see.
It’s unclear whether the film’s Netflix run will feature the same censored version played in local cinemas. But we guess there’s only one way to find out.
Tiger Stripes also stars Deena Ezral, Piqa, Shaheizy Sam, June Lojong, Khairunazwan Rodz, and Fatimah Abu Bakar.