Imagine Kimberly Peirce’s “Boys Don’t Cry” with a happy ending and a European Afterschool Special tone and you’ll get a sense of the flavor of “To Faro.” While following the general narrative outline of “Boys,” pic softens its harsh realism with humorous, almost sitcomish situations and some overly broad perfs, but nonetheless remains true to the model’s emotional core. Germany-based writer-helmer Nana Neul’s sweet-natured coming-of-ager about a young rural woman finally accepting her sexuality should be embraced by gay and lesbian fests.
When boyish 22-year-old Melanie (Anjorka Strechel, who looks the part but sometimes overdoes the swagger) almost runs over white-trash teen Jenny (Lucie Hollmann) one night, it provides Mel the opportunity to invent a male alter ego, Miguel, based on her macho Portuguese colleague Nuno (Manuel Cortez), that entrances the giddy younger girl. Mel also gets to experience hetero romance when she bribes Nuno into acting as her b.f. at a family picnic. Older characters, including Mel’s father and brother and Jenny’s mother, come off as less nuanced than the youngsters. Tech package is solid. Title refers to Nuno’s birthplace and reps Mel’s ultimate move toward freedom and self-acceptance.