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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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: [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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Soundtracks

Here I Forget
Performed by Tiffany Anders
Written by Tiffany Anders
Produced by PJ Harvey
Published by Copyright Control
Courtesy of Up Records
Under license from Sup Pop Records
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Hard subject matter sensitively portrayed
3 August 2002 | by MeanderingMeganSee all my reviews

A compelling film. This film really touched my heart. While the film is certainly far from perfect, I thought it dealt wonderfully with the subject matter and showed such a sensitivity towards not only victims of violence but also towards how scars incurred in childhood can mar us forever.

Gabriel Mann was awesome in this. He gave the role such a conscience and it was nice to see him used fully as an actor as opposed to his rather less than full role in 'High Art' (which I happen to love nonetheless). But whereas High Art was Radha Mitchell and Ally Sheedy's film, this film really, for me, belonged to Mann. Kim Dickens did a great job also, but Mann still takes top billing in my book. My hat off to Allison Anders - it's nice to know that there are filmmakers out there that are not so concerned with commercialism as they are with substance and exploration. The fact that it says that the film is semi-autobiographical just makes me applaud her more. If you're into character studies and the way the past effects ones life, this is a movie worth seeing.


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