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Same Same but Different

DVD - 2014
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Revolves around Ben, a young German student traveling to Cambodia on a post-graduation summer trip, and Sreykeo, a 21-year-old bar girl in Phnom Penh. The two meet in a nightclub and quickly fall in love. After Ben returns home to Germany, Sreykeo, skyping from Cambodia, reveals that she is HIV-positive.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
Branch Call Number: SAME SAME BUT
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 22, 2018

I love this movie. I like it more each time i watch it. It helps if you are a fan of Cambodia or at least of Southeast Asia in general. The scenes in Germany where the male lead lives during the time the narrative takes place are less interesting than the Cambodia scenery but most of the film is in Cambodia so that isn't a big distraction. Many westerners will not relate to the "love story" since the cultures are so different but watch with an open mind and enjoy the scenery. Cambodia is a poor country but a fascinating one. You will either want to visit immediately after watching the movie or not at all. I can't wait to go back.

Dec 31, 2016

Dec 30 2016, I found this a little slow. Cambodia doesn't look like a place that I'd want to live in. However, to each his/her own! I guess it had a happy ending. One thing I've learned about being a can't tell your kids what to do....they have their own minds, and their happiness is in their own hands! I guess that's the way it should be.

Jul 05, 2016

It's a shame that you do not have the scope to see what this film is showing us. It's not an original story by any means but that never should matter, it's how the story is said. For you to say that this is "incredibly pointless" you must have something to back it up with (besides a negative re-telling of the plot). Have you lived in Cambodia? Or any Asian country or speak the language? Have you ever loved someone from the opposite end of your financial spectrum? Have you ever loved an Asian? I bet the answer is negative on all counts and therefor your insults of this film amount to nothing! Try reading a professional film critic and see how they write about a film they did not like. If you were a policeman I bet you would take someone to trial without any evidence...just because you didn't like the person?

Apr 05, 2016

Boy doesn't have much experience with girls. Boy goes on vacation to Cambodia. Boy has cute, young, seemingly fragile (but very experienced and very cunning) prostitute attach herself to him. Boy falls hook, line, and sinker for the much practiced and utterly obvious manipulations of the girl - and the sex of course. Boy is completely infatuated with the girl. Boy moves in with the girl for the remainder of his vacation. Boy gives all his money to the girl. Boy is then asked to give money (and other things) to family members of the girl. Boy eventually has to return home and leave the girl. Boy continues sending money to the girl. (The girl, meanwhile, continues to work her con on other tourists, even though she led boy to believe she'd stop "working" if boy supported her.) Boy feels even more compelled to help when the girl reveals she has HIV, finding her a doctor and providing her with necessary drugs.

Boy is finally reeled in completely when the girl turns up the heat in a last ditch effort (it's become far too hard to keep working her charms on him with only the occasional, language barrier riddled contact via skype - and no sex between them), by accusing him of abandoning her just like "all the others". Boy, as hoped, does the only thing he hasn't already. Boy returns to Cambodia. Boy marries the girl.

This is the classic tale of third world prostitute meets gullible first world tourist. Except for the marrying part. Most tourists realize they're being manipulated long before then. Even if they do continue sending money in an effort to help.

So, what happens next?

Boy exploits his new wife's past as a prostitute with this movie (or is it a warning to others?) because he desperately needs some return if he's ever going to be able to support himself, his new wife, their quickly resulting child (followed by a second one), AND all of his wife's ever-needy, ever-greedy extended Cambodian family members (who were, of course, always part of the package if the girl ever snagged a "rich" foreigner or otherwise improved her lot).

This movie should have been called "Cambodian Prostitute Hits Foreigner Jackpot" or "Little Girls of Cambodia, This is How to Succeed" (as shown in the final scene), or maybe even "All The Guys in This Movie Are TOTAL Jerks to Women - Except Me."

It is a real stretch to call this tale of manipulation and usury a "love" story.


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