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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.

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Violet (as Aria Alpert)
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Carlos
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Pete
Mitchell Boshnack ...
Cape Canaveral Police Officer #1
Owen Butler ...
Young Owen
Caitlin Caldwell ...
Girl at House
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Chuck
Bill Cordell ...
AA Secretary
Justin DePrume ...
Young Dan (as Justin De Prume)
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Sherry
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Public Defender
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Young Sherry (as Brittany Finamore)
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Lulu
Jesse Gelaznik ...
Magazine Intern / L.A. Club Band: Cowboys and Indians (as Jessie Gelaznick)
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Sam
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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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Rated R for strong sexual violence, sexuality, language and substance abuse | See all certifications »

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24 January 2001 (USA)  »

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Detrás del sol  »

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The film is based on Allison Anders' personal experience when she was raped at the age of 12 and then brutally manhandled by a stepfather until she ran away from home at the age of 17. The rape scene in the film was actually filmed in exactly the same house where Anders was raped as a child. See more »

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Sherry: [to Colin and Jeremy at the bar] Okay okay, yeah yeah... you don't have to fight. Cause guess what - it's fun to share. Ha! You know about sharing?
[Kisses Colin. Kisses Jeremy]
Sherry: Let's get outta here.
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Never Knew Your Names
Performed by The Sherry McGrale Band
Written by Charlotte Caffey
Published by Chargo Music (ASCAP)
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haunting movie
12 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews



this movie is a real gem.

the story revolves around a young female singer who is starting to become famous and get some notoriety and comes to the attention of a rock and roll magazine.

the song that is making the charts is a song about the rape of this women. the woman, shelly played by kim dickens does not remember this act that changed her life so drastically.

coincidentally, a reporter at the magazine, owen, played by gabriel mann, knows shelly from back at the time of her rape, and is assigned to get s story on sherry.

things behind the sun is a movie of such deep feeling, heart, tragedy, and unconsciousness that it seems amazing that the performances could be so stellar and clear and the direction so perfect.

the story is one that really gets one thinking on a lot of different levels, and while i wondered about the reality of shelly's life, and how close that might be to the reality of a woman in that situation, it does not matter, because this movie catches ones thoughts in a very suspenseful way, without being cheap or exploitive. in terms of the story it is a work of genius in its ability to wind through the suspense and not take the low road anywhere.

great performances, great speculative story, and excellent music and all around authentic feel. at the end of this movie during the credits a song called "things behind the sun" is played over the credits that is so haunting that i had to find out what it was look it up and buy it. in case anyone is interested it is things behind the sun by nick drake, who apparently died when he was 24.

for what this movie is, it is perfect, and i rated it a 10, which is hard to do. what it loses in speculation, it makes up in sheer guts and courage to make this story.


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