《过春天》（英文名The Crossing）, 2019年3月上映，豆瓣7.9分。69届柏林国际电影节“新生代青年”单元最佳影片(提名)。
J. Nye : A standout performance by newcomer Huang Yao and some provocative regional details help to keep Bai Xue’s debut watchable, but its themes are never developed enough to have much impact (the irony of iPhones being sold in the Chinese black market largely goes unexplored), and the film falters in its forced poetic signifiers and the obligatory state-approved ending, with the narrative-halting police raid being so comically jarring that one senses Bai is slyly subverting the censors. Still eager to see this director work again, hopefully with a less constrained script that allows her to stretch her political muscles.
kevinlater : a very complete debut from bai xue. excellent acting, unique script, and stellar cinematography. my only complaint would be the hard stop of an ending, but otherwise this was fully enjoyable
Grant : Surprised that this actually got released in cinemas in the UK considering just how painfully without merit it is.
Cai : Film Trip – Berlinale Screening 4: A well acted, aesthetically gorgeous and immersive telling of a rivetting coming-of-age story via crime drama. Incredibly effective storytelling done in a brilliantly paced and always interesting format.
Emilia Kathryn : I can say without hesitation that this was by far my favourite of the films I saw in the four days that I was at the Berlin Film Festival. I thoroughly enjoyed the film from start to finish and the level to which I was impressed (especially after discovering that it is the director’s first feature film) is inexplicable. A unique approach to a coming-of-age drama
depantso : Bai Xue absolutely kills this debut. Will definitely be on the lookout for her future work
johannovermeer : Absolutely fantastic, the most beautiful shots I have ever seen, the cinematography in this film completely made it for me. This being followed by amazing acting and directing just made it so amazing to watch. Although I feel it ended slighting abrupt I still think that on a whole the film was by far the best I have seen at the Berlin FIlm Festival so far.
KOlivia : The conflict in the middle act seemed to mostly escape me, although I’m not sure if it was a problem with translation or if it just wasn’t built-up enough. But in general, this was very beautiful and very sweet
Thomas Wishloff : Having a female director does this film wonders, as it allows the film to avoid cliche. The Crossing subverts cliche, takes the tropes you would expect and spins them on their head. I do believe that Peipei returns the shark to the water at the end of this film, not because she pines for Hao (even though she probably does), but rather because it’s returning the shark to it’s home.
Matthew Leung : Huang Yao, who plays the protagonist Pei Pei, seizes your gaze in every minute of this film. Her performance is quiet and composed, but teases and excites at all the right moments, reeling you irrevocably into the world of a teenage girl in Hong Kong, right at the intersection of Innocence and Coming-of-age. While the first half of the film sufficiently sustains tension, the second half gives in to trite narrative tropes which amount to a clean ending. Still a passionate piece of work.
PhillUpNorth : Mediocre, predictable, didn’t bring anything new to the table. The acting, and storytelling are fine. Nothing more, just fine.
jys : There’s some beautiful imagery and strong performances from the lead girl, yet the film doesn’t have a satisfying ending or journey for me. I’m not sure what the lead character really learns about herself or the world. There doesn’t seem to be any major consequences that she faces. Also the two editing, musical pauses to signify the personal epiphanies were super annoying and on the nose. There’s some sexual tension between the lead and the boyfriend that was done with nuance and care, yet it seems to fall flat towards the end. Her motivations for all that money wasn’t that clear either.
MaryAnn Johanson : 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.
l0uvre : Some silly talks and some vibrant lens.
Kevin Ma : Seen at: The Grand Cinema, Hong Kong I guess it’s cool to smuggle iPhones to Shenzhen?
Evan Douglas : Iphones strapped to a body like bricks of coke. Government mandated warning that “this sort of thing doesn’t really happen anymore.” Working at the noodle shop cuz even crime doesn’t pay the bills. Hello, 21st century.
Patrick Mulcahy : Another Chinese language drama that is subtly critical of the one country-two systems governance of Hong Kong. Where there are borders, there is exploitation, as happens here when a sixteen year old schoolgirl saving money for a trip to Japan starts carrying i-phones across from Hong Kong to China. One terrific scene when she breaks one of the screens (in China) and tries to get it fixed, followed by a swelling group of people who want to buy it from her. Other than that, modest entertainment. Some snow and shark imagery.
candidcamron : A gorgeous, assured coming-of-age film with instantly memorable characters and a fantastic score.
milletwong : The climax comes a tad too soon.
Orcs : So,a third-rate student’s homework won’t be a third-rate homework just because it was elonated to 100mins?I couldn’t help laughing because the awkward of the screenplay.I just can not accept those chinese fake-arty young women who were once an unwelcome playgirl,those women are too stagy
WillLeese : The Crossing is an energetic and meticulously paced film that showcases alternates to crime and coming of age genre conventions and wisely focuses on subtlety and nuance. This is an incredibly impressive debut from Bai Xue. It is clear that she understands and has a sharp sense for performance, this is something that is demonstrated from her mostly young ensemble cast. I will be paying close attention to what she does next.
Davin Yu : Very interesting debut centering on a premise that really piqued my interest. The stylistic flourishes here were interesting, but too sporadic and facile to give it many points. This is much more of a character study than I thought it was going to be, and so the verisimilitude shaky handheld camera-styled work was refreshing to see in a HK film, but as good as the lead actress is here, it ultimately requires such a multi-layered complexity to her internal emotional… more
saltdream : Better than I expected. The photography is appropriate. So I feel the same feeling that Pei Pei was felt through I have a different life.
Darren : The Crossing is a wonderful story of teen angst and uncertainty, set in the world of smuggling. It beautifully captures the feeling of being lost and directionless, through the recurring motif of border-crossing. The film is elevated by a combination strong direction, a propulsive soundtrack and a compelling performance from Huang Yao. 过春天
yiwensong11 : Watched it at tiff 2018. Gonna come out in China Mar 2019. The best Chinese coming-of-age movie so far, or you might ask does China really have something you can call a coming-of-age movie before this one?
Conal : It’s maybe a little too conventional when it’s your 12th film in 3 days, but well made nonetheless. A coming of age crime story with a female protagonist and director, which is refreshing in itself. Good soundtrack and cinematography. Probably not a festival film, think it’s something everybody could enjoy.
bpardy : The year’s best shark scene!
Beatrice Loayza : Follows a teenage girl smuggling illegal goods across the Hong Kong / mainland China border. Impressive debut, with shades of Edward Yang and the french new wave. Nothing remarkable in terms of visual originality, as Bai Xue’s reference points are clear.
Terrence Chang : The Crossing has the tone of a slice-of-life film but uses flares of genre to ratchet up thriller beats throughout. It’s experimental but still rooted in a solid narrative structure. The arc of the protagonist is punctuated by freeze frames and memorable music choices.
aidan : Amateurish. Editing and writing are especially sloppy. TIFF #11