By Nana NEUL


Drama - Completed 2008

When Mel (22) is mistaken for a Portuguese male by 14 year-old hitchhiker Jenny, she grabs the opportunity to escape her dreary life and reinvents herself. Her new Portuguese co-worker Nuno serves as her identity role model. Jenny and Mel fall madly in love, but it is only a matter of time until her

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • GERMAN
    • Duration
    • 93 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Nana NEUL
    • Writer(s)
    • Nana NEIL
    • Producer(s)
    • Hejo EMONS (Wüste Film West), Ralph SCHWINGEL (Wüste Film West), Stefan SCHUBERT (Wüste Film West)
    • Synopsis
    • The boyish Mel (22) is the only woman in the Wandel household, even if nobody can tell by looking at her. With short hair and her femininity hidden under oversized clothes, Mel fits nicely into the chaotic men’s world of her father Willi and brother Knut (25). She can bear the depressing days as an assembly-line worker for an airline catering outfit at the near-by airport in Münster, because very soon she plans to travel the world with Knut.
      But the dream of the big trip takes a back seat when Knut breaks the news that his girlfriend Vicky is pregnant.
      When her well-meaning brother puts pressure on her to start looking for a meaningful relationship, she claims she already has a boyfriend. The new exotic co-worker, Nuno, who gets paid by Mel to play her boyfriend at Knut’s engagement party, is doing a good job. Too good. The family loves him and invites him to visit more often. And Nuno is happy to comply...
      Aimless and depressed, with a carton of Nuno’s Portuguese cigarettes on the back seat of her old BMW, Mel sets out at night on a lonely tour through her neighborhood. When two young hitchhikers, Jenny and Bianca (14), take her for a Portuguese male, she grabs the chance and reinvents herself. As Miguel she spends an exciting night at a disco with the two girls and falls madly in love with Jenny.
      Nuno, who enjoys his role as Mel’s boyfriend, is now her identity role model and research object. Jenny is enthralled by the romantic Miguel who is so different from all the other boys in her clique. Before the suspicious eyes of the jealous Bianca and her brother Bernd, who had considered himself Jenny’s boyfriend, a tender love affair develops.
      But before Mel has the chance to tell Jenny the truth, Bernd and Bianca tell Jenny’s mother inflammatory things about the alleged Portuguese. There is great confusion when the mother shows up at Mel’s house and accuses a Portuguese man of seducing her underage daughter. Nuno becomes the scapegoat, while Mel is finally able to reveal her true identity to Jenny.
      The news about the fake Portuguese travels fast, and Jenny is unable to keep her clique from seeking revenge...
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