The Crossing (Guo chun tian) Reviews

May 29, 2020
A nuanced character drama about a young girl who loses and then discovers herself in the gray market world of iPhone smuggling.
August 21, 2019
First-time director Bai Xue has a vibrant style, skilfully controlling the pace to reflect Peipei's two lives as student and smuggler. And the film has the year's best shark scene!
March 22, 2019
This uninvolving coming-of-age crime drama tries to dazzle with visual tricksiness, but it cannot make up for its teen protagonist who is mere metaphorical symbol, and a bystander in her own story.
March 21, 2019
With this elegantly elliptical arthouse movie, Bai Xue announces herself as a cool, confident observer of a new generation of Chinese youth.
March 20, 2019
Peipei has a calm confidence of herself we don't often see in a teenage girl onscreen. You can tell a female director, in how the camera gives her space even as it circles around her, made this.
October 22, 2018
A dynamic debut from a first-time director and her young cast.
September 20, 2018
The story sounds facetious on paper, but Bai plays it straight and guides the teen performances away from archetype and toward psychological specificity.
September 13, 2018
Bai Xue brings a sharp feel for character and a flavoursome use of the Hong Kong setting to her assured feature debut The Crossing (Guo Chun Tian).
September 11, 2018
There's a smart and subtle drama about treating people as packages in The Crossing, but like any contraband, it's buried beneath layers of artifice.
September 10, 2018
Bai's cinema flows and sparks, and shows with intelligence and precocious authority how the problematic circulation (authorized or not) of goods, desires, and humanity across borders is at the foundation of our 21st-century existence.
September 10, 2018
Energetic and character driven, with the crime plot balancing well with Peipei's growth as a teenager, The Crossing is a bold debut feature that experiments with what cinema can do to tell a story.