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Jose Luis Valle
Barbara Perrin Rivemar
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 traveling to Cambodia on a post graduation summer trip. When Ben returns home to Germany he discovers that Sreyko is sick and he takes on the responsibility to save her. On the way he discovers a world where not everyone is dealt the same cards and where motivations are not always pure. Written by
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I attended the North American Premiere of "Same Same But Different" at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Detlev Buck from a Ruth Toma script, this is a classic tale of star-crossed lovers featuring young David Kross and Apinya Sakuljaroensuk as Ben and Sreykeo, a German boy and Cambodian girl brought together by chance and destined to be together. Most won't recognize the name but will remember Kross' performance as Kate Winslet's young lover in the award-winning "The Reader." An epic sweeping love story spanning two continents, "Same Same But Different" is "Romeo and Juliet" meets "Dr. Zhivago" meets "Pretty Woman." Kross carries this film from opening to closing credits. Just as he startled the world in "The Reader," the now 19-year-old enters leading man status here. "Same Same But Different" is a must-see for lovers of romance (and who doesn't), made all the more touching because it's based on a true story. The film is visually stunning with breathtaking cinematography, costume design, and art direction all beyond compare. This is definitely one of the best films of the year.
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