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17 Ratings

The Crossing

Guo Chun Tian

Directed by BAI Xue
China, 2018
Drama, Crime


Bai Xue’s debut film is set in the transit zone dividing the two metropolises: Hong Kong and Shenzhen. With the promises of modern life before her and smuggled goods in her backpack, 16-year-old Peipei takes the risky step into independence.

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The Crossing Directed by BAI Xue

Awards & Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival

2018 | Honorable Mention: NETPAC Award

Asian Film Awards

2019 | 2 nominations including: Best New Director

A slow-burning character study, Bai takes her time establishing Peipei’s world, teasing out the complications of her home life and family history, building her sense of isolation from her parents and her wealthier peers, such that her bad decisions (like joining a criminal gang) seem almost a reasonable escape.
June 28, 2019
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Bolstered by a sophisticated technical polish and audacious tonal shifts—from dynamic handheld shots in Hong Kong to mannered static compositions in Shenzhen—the film’s construction reflects its protagonist’s bifurcated existence in her external domains and emotional states.
September 24, 2018
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The story sounds facetious on paper, but Bai plays it straight and guides the teen performances away from archetype and toward psychological specificity.
September 17, 2018
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