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Things Behind the Sun (2001)

A young music journalist's dark memories are awakened when he goes to interview a female rock singer, and both are forced to confront troubling secrets from their pasts.

Director:

Allison Anders
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aria Alpert Adjani ... Violet (as Aria Alpert)
Ruben Anders Ruben Anders ... Carlos
Rosanna Arquette ... Pete
Mitchell Boshnack Mitchell Boshnack ... Cape Canaveral Police Officer #1
Owen Butler Owen Butler ... Young Owen
Caitlin Caldwell Caitlin Caldwell ... Girl at House
Don Cheadle ... Chuck
Bill Cordell Bill Cordell ... AA Secretary
Justin DePrume Justin DePrume ... Young Dan (as Justin De Prume)
Kim Dickens ... Sherry
Hal Dion ... Public Defender
Brittany Renee Finamore ... Young Sherry (as Brittany Finamore)
Alison Folland ... Lulu
Jesse Gelaznik Jesse Gelaznik ... Magazine Intern / L.A. Club Band: Cowboys and Indians (as Jessie Gelaznick)
Jade Gordon ... Sam
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Storyline

In Cocoa Beach FL, a woman shows up drunk on the same lawn on the same date three years running. What's going on? She's Sherry McGrale, a singer building a reputation on college campuses, especially for her signature song about having been raped. A rock magazine in L.A. takes notice, and writer Owen Richardson recognizes her: his older brother orchestrated the assault and involved him. Owen heads for Florida, ostensibly to do a piece on her, but in reality to try to put his own demons to rest. Wounds from the event are ruining Sherry and Owen's current relationships. Is there any prospect of healing? A judge, Sherry's manager, and a widow with young kids provide supporting arms. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Raped of her innocence. Robbed of his manhood. In search of a second chance.

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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual violence, sexuality, language and substance abuse | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detrás del sol See more »

Filming Locations:

Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA

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DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Anders couldn't get the necessary funding to shoot the film on 35mm so she was forced to shoot on digital video. See more »

Quotes

Sherry: [In bed with Colin and Jeremy, just after rape-reenactment scene] Who's next?
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Soundtracks

Magic Air
Performed by Low Priority
Written by Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley,
Jim O'Rourke
Published by Sonik Tooth
Administered by Zomba Songs, Inc (BMI)
Courtesy of DGC Records
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Wow
27 May 2002 | by jhoudeSee all my reviews

This film knocked me for a loop. The acting is uniformly terrific and i believe it was filmed with digital cameras. There are two rape scenes that are to my mind the most realistic depictions i've ever seen. This is not rape as sex but rape as brutal violence. A few minutes in a childs life that stays with them for ever. The performances by Kim Dickens and Gabriel Mann as the adult rape victims are completely different yet both seem so true. I took this as a double rape even though one character was technically the rapist. I saw this movie on tv and at times you almost have to force yourself not to change channels. Watching the young Sherry walking away from the house after being raped, dragging her skate board, seems so real you feel like you are peeking through the curtains at someones real life pain. This is a very honest, painful movie and perhaps the best thing is the ending. No shinning light of salvation but a few glimmering shreds of hope for both the central characters. This one will stay with me for a long time.


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