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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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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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 bruce-129See 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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