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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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Allison Anders
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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

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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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Sherry: [In bed with Colin and Jeremy] Okay, take my pants off. Just pull 'em off. Okay now... try to fuck me.
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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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Excellent
8 June 2002 | by spudonthesofaSee all my reviews

It was such a painful movie, I don't know how to describe it. All I can say is that it was so well done that I was almost forced to watch it. I couldn't bring myself to change the channel. It was well written, well acted and well directed. Kim Dickens and Gabriel Mann did an astounding job portraying the victims. I could feel Sherri's pain like it was my own and I felt pain for Owen, as well. The only thing I felt could have been done differently is that Owen was just as much a victim as Sherri was. He was just a child at the time of the rape. How can he have been held responsible for something he didn't want any part of and was forced into by his sociopathic brother? He suffered for it, too. I understand why Sherri had trouble dealing with him up to a point but it seems that everyone involved forgot that he had been a defenseless child, too. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who's ever been a victim or knows a victim.


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