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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.
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
Runtime 94 min
Format 35 mm, color
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Muenchen 97

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