Crossing Over

Crossing Over

Wayne Kramer (2008)

108min
18 Certificate
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Our Score
The lives of illegal immigrants hoping to remain in the US and the attempts of Los Angeles authorities to prevent it shape this provocative ensemble drama that's very reminiscent of Paul Haggis's Crash in style. The spotlight falls on a Mexican single mother (Alice Braga) caught working without papers, an Australian actress (Alice Eve) with an expired visa and a dodgy Brit (Jim Sturgess) passing as a Jewish religious teacher. Deciding their fates are a Homeland Security cop (Harrison Ford) and an immigration lawyer (Ashley Judd) who wear their hearts on their sleeve, while a green-card adjudicator (Ray Liotta) has few moral scruples. It all makes for a bustling two hours, yet writer/director Wayne Kramer - a South African who became a US citizen - relies too heavily on clunky coincidences without ever really managing to surprise us. Though the film is dramatically lifeless, its sincerity and evident compassion for the underdog does set us pondering the values of citizenship that many take for granted.

Summary

The overlapping stories of immigrants to America and the officials who deal with them. An immigration agent tries to avoid getting involved with the cases of people he has to deport, while a lawyer struggles to find a home for an orphaned child. An official exploits his position to take advantage of an Australian woman, while an Englishman claims to be a practising Jew to secure a job. Drama, starring Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd.

Cast & Crew

Max Brogan Harrison Ford
Gavin Kossef Jim Sturgess
Cole Frankel Ray Liotta
Denise Frankel Ashley Judd
Taslima Jahangir Summer Bishil
Hamid Baraheri Cliff Curtis
Claire Sheperd Alice Eve
Jahanara Jahangir Jaysha Patel
Mireya Alice Braga
Zara Baraheri Melody Khazae
Director Wayne Kramer
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: Violence, swearing, nudity. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 31 Jul 2009

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