Same Same But Different

A German backpacker falls in love with a Cambodian bar girl and has to face the consequences.

The Plot

Based on the true story of Benjamin Prufer and Sreykeo Solvan, who still live in Phnom Penh.

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.

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. The film is visually stunning with breathtaking cinematography, costume design, and art direction all beyond compare.

Awards

Winner of the Bavarian Film Awards (2010)

Winner of the Locarno International Film Festival (2009)