Same Same But Different
Same Same But Different

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- 68/100 based on 1,722 votes
  • Released: 2009
  • Runtime: 107 mins
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  • Studio: Boje Buck Produktion
  • Genres: Drama

Based on the true story of Benjamin Prufer and Sreykeo Solvan. The unexpected and uncertain love story of Sreykeo, a 21 year old bar girl in Phnom Penh and Ben, a young German student ...... (Full plot summary below)

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Based on the true story of Benjamin Prufer and Sreykeo Solvan. The unexpected and uncertain love story of Sreykeo, a 21 year old bar girl in Phnom Penh and Ben, a young German student ...

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User Review - 10/10 by Mette Marie KSpeechless. That's how the movie "Same Same But Different" leaves you. And as happy as one can be after going to the cinema. Incredibly authentic, honest and feeling, and without one single touch of kitsch, Detlev Buck narrates the love story, which is based on the real story of Benjamin Prüfer and Srykeo Suolvan. Everything - from the music to the camera setting - spreads a unique magic, which had seemed to have disappeared from the theaters as a consequence to the dousands of "we'll-save-the-world"-movies - but it's back. Off course, we don't want to forget the two young leads. First off all David Kross, who has already been known as a promising actor of the next generation, since he was part of "The Reader". He plays the calm and a little humoristic role of Benjamin Prüfer, as if it was written for him only. Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, who is yet rather unknown outside of Asia, plays his big love Srykeo, and she is as well the perfect cast for the little, sweet, but also very stubborn and vivacious Cambodian girl. (Besides, her accent is enchanting). The supporting actors, all of them still rather unknown, are also important for the movie and fill out their characters comparatively well. The soundtrack, a mixture of many different and known Songs, is also very worth mentioning. Sometimes quiet and soft bass tones and just after that loud rock sounds and lamenting cries in the background - this blend makes not only Cambodia feel as seizable as possible to the audience, but also the river of emotions, to which the two young lovers are given up helplessly. It is especially that river of emotions, which flows through the movies from the beginning to the end, that puts the audience under the ban. You goe with Benjamin to Cambodia for having fun, fall in love with Srykeo, have a long-distance relationship with her. You discover, together with him, that Srykeo is HIV-positive. And at the end, you're put at a crossroad with him. "Same Same But Different" is really a small masterpiece, that especially defines the word "modern" in a new way. It's a modern, very special love story. Detlev Buck said in an interview, that he would be claimed having an inclination to kitsch, if the movie wouldn't be based on a true story. I do not approve of that at all. This movie will stay in your mind without a trace of kitsch - except for a fine, romantic vein, which slowly, but steadily, weaves it's way through the movie. So it's no movie for lovers of big action-hit-it-movies, though I do not want to exclude the whole male audience by saying this. Who likes having deep things served in a light way, is going to love this movie - but not only that person.
User Review - 10/10 by Ah Ythis is the real thing in my country Cambodia
User Review - 8/10 by Lo Kin Hei ?a sweet german film. good performance from the actors/actresses, and the director crafted the life in Cambodia. btw, the leading actress, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, is very attractive
User Review - 8/10 by Marty FModern type of love-story that tries to convey the complexity of today's international mix-cultured relationships with all of its ups and downs. Buck manages to create a well mixed piece, which never gets boring or slow in storytelling, only one scene was a bit odd for me, where the two main characters go for a walk on a tiny river watching a fisherman doing his work and in the background old, classic french chanson music is playing, which totally does not fit the scene and the entire setting at all. Great acting throughout, also in the supporting roles and the ending gives hope in our sometimes tough and evil everyday lifes. Worth a watch, enjoy!
User Review - 8/10 by Casey FReminds me a lot the time we spent in Cambodia...
User Review - 8/10 by Ron LThe film, based on a true story, follows a young German who falls in love with a Cambodian bar girl during his graduation trip and takes care of her when he finds out that she's HIV-positive. If you think it's a tear jerker à la Japanese / Korean drama, I can assure you it's not. One of the better German films I've seen so far.
User Review - 6/10 by Kieran Tcompletely predicatable and constantly solves moments of drama too easily, but overall i was still slightly caught up in it. Apinya is more effective when speaking Thai as opposed to her broken english here, not bad overall but nothing you havnt seen before from this foreign visitor asian prostitute storyline
User Review - 6/10 by WS WAnother "based on actual events" film. I dunno if I like it or not. Synopsis, poster look lame but the flick turns out to be quite decent, entertaining & kinda funny indeed. I couldn't tell if the film is actually trying to praise, to warn, to tease, to hunt strange things in different country/culture, or what for majority of time before it ends. On the other hand, there seems to be something to tell by comparing different relationships of Ben (David Kross)'s parents, brother & buddy with Ben's own one; but neither could I define whether Ben is really love-blind, naive, stupid or what.
User Review - 6/10 by Andrew FI am getting in deap here by attempting to review a movie I could only understand about 30% of the dialogue and without subtitles. If you speak German you may find this film to be somwhat interesting. It was very heartfelt and naive at times but it followed 2 German tourists in Cambodia these young travelers.... Well watch the trailer it is rather accurate. It is a perspective and lifestyle I am unfamiliar with so it did somewhat fascinate me but given a second chance I may have passed on the film. It doesn't mean it is bad just not for me.
User Review - 6/10 by Shannon CNice heavy drama about a German guy and Cambodian girl. Half english/german language mostly set in Cambodia. Unfortunately the chemistry between the girl and guy was not really evident so you didn't really feel for their story as much as you should have ...

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