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Three Dollar Son (Alibi fuer einen Engel)

Three Dollar Son

After several years of selling fake ancient pottery to unsuspecting rich fools, Conny Engel stands before a hard-line judge. It looks like this time she's going to jail. Till she begs for mercy, not for herself but for her poor fatherless child. The judge agrees to give her a chance to convince social services that she's a good mother, and delays sentencing for a few weeks. Now all Connie has to do is come up with a kid. The judge has problems of his own. Since his wife died, he's thrown himself even more into his work. His angry 11-year-old son, Alex, has been acting out, taking people's cars apart, and will soon end up in a juvenile detention center. Connie meets Alex outside the courthouse, and hires him to play her son, not knowing she's just hired the judge's son. As they play at being mother and son, they grow to love each other, and that love heals them all.

Martin Enlen was born in Frankfurt in 1960 and worked on independent film productions until 1986. He studied in the film and TV drama department of Munich's Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) from 1986-1992 and made six shorts during this time: Fruehjahrsputz (1987), Der letzte Tanz (1989), Fuer immer (1990), A Little Place in Heaven (1990), Pinwand (1990), and the Academy Award-nominated Aus gutem Grund (1991). He has lectured in Directing at the HFF/M and made the miniseries Schicksal der Woche (1993), Toedliche Hochzeit (TV, 1994) , Roula (1995), Blindes Vertrauen (TV, 1996), and Platinum (TV, 2004), among others.
Category Feature
Director Martin Enlen
Screenplay Audrey Kahane
Cinematography Klaus Merkel
Monika Abspacher
Dieter Schleip
Cast Karoline Eichhorn, Stefan Kurt, Italo De Angelis, Moritz Bleibtreu, Rebecca Hessing, Suzanne von Borsody, Bettina Kupfer
Producer Elke Keck
Production Company ndf:Neue Deutsche Filmgesellschaft/Unterfoehring
Length 94 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Muenchen 97

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