Crossing Over is a multi-character canvas about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film deals with the border, document fraud, the ... See full summary »
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.
Crossing Over is a multi-character canvas about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film deals with the border, document fraud, the asylum and green card process, work-site enforcement, naturalization, the office of counter terrorism and the clash of cultures. Written by
In Gavin's interview scene, the immigration officer relies on the Rabbi's opinion. The garb and the accent of the Rabbi suggest he is a European Orthodox (probably Lubavich), yet in the end he gives Gavin a card, saying he should come to Temple Bet Sholom. "Temple Bet Sholom" is typically a name for splinter Reform congregations, whose rabbis are mostly American- or Canadian-born (therefore no accent), and wear contemporary clothes. See more »
[in order to convince the immigration adjudicator that he is entitled to receive Green Card, Gavin is requested to demonstrate his familiarity with the Jewish religion by reciting "Kaddish" prayer - a Jewish prayer, most of it Aramic. Since the atheist Gavin has little knowledge of Jewish religion, he recites instead a mishmash of prayers, blessings, hymns and non-religious songs in Hebrew]
Baruch ata, Adonay, melech haolam...
[= Blessed are you, Lord, King of the universe]
Hevenu shalom alechem....
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Apart from the usual movie-movie technology of enhancing a license
plate from grainy dots to sharp numbers, I had nothing against this
movie. I strongly disagree with the apparent consensus and the low
tomatometer rating. Crossing Over is an emotional film, and makes
points that will be unpopular. The film creates empathy for someone we
at first shrink from, namely the 15 year old Bangali girl who inflames
her classmates on the topic of 9/11. She had forgotten what happened to
Bill Maher. Meanwhile Harrison Ford's character Max Brogan gets razzed
for any show of empathy or concern for the people is team have to
process through immigration. He puts a weathered human face on a job
that must be unpleasant. We understand when that climate - peer
pressure - causes him to stop short of helping someone in a timely
fashion, and Ford is very watchable doing the most mundane things as he
confronts the consequences of compromise. I don't feel connections
between the characters are implausible. It gives unity to the overall
comment on community and who should be included and who should not.
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