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  • Actors: Kim Dickens, Gabriel Mann, Aria Alpert, Ruben Anders, Rosanna Arquette
  • Directors: Allison Anders
  • Writers: Allison Anders, Kurt Voss
  • Producers: Amy Eldridge, Daniel Hassid, Doug Mankoff, Gary Barkin, Joseph Rice
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008G8YM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,283 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Things Behind the Sun" on IMDb

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The story of an up-and-coming singer / songwriter (Dickens) and a talented Hollywood rock journalist (Mann) looking for a big story. They soon realize they have much more in common than a passion for music; they also share a terrible secret that both have been running from most of their lives. It's time to break the silence and let the truth be told.

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Very intense movie!
It's a journey through which he will seek to change the course determined for them so long ago by forces beyond their control.
His life, with a couple of irritating (though important) exceptions, is coming along fine.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "eurotrashgirl" on January 24, 2002
Things Behind the Sun tells the story of an up-and-coming singer, Sherry McGrale (Kim Dickens), whose haunting, biographical song is starting to get regular airplay on college radio airwaves. The song, about a rape she experienced in middle school, may be her ticket to stardom. But there is a lot standing in her way, as she has never fully recovered from the experience. If anything, her symptoms and problems are getting worse by the year (she even shows signs of post-traumatic stress disorder). She�s never heard of EBay, doesn't know one of her favorite rock singers is dead. She is in that space that some people go to, that "In Between" space between being fully alive, and almost dead, or at least numb to the point of it (a Pink Floyd song comes to mind here). We meet her in this space and it is our true hope as viewers that she can find some sense of light in all the darkness, some reason to get past it, and that she will be able to move on to a more fulfilling life, a second chance.
When the film begins, an LA rock journalist for the fictional 'Vinyl Fetish' magazine (helmed by �Pete,� played by Rosanna Arquette), is assigned an article about McGrale and her new song. But not just 'any' journalist. Owen (Gabriel Mann) knew Sherry in middle school, she was his first girlfriend. And not only that, he knows the story behind the song, as he experienced the event first-hand as well. The experience has like-wise haunted him for years, in different, but not necessarily less significant ways. When he admits to his editor that he knows who raped Sherry, she immediately sends him to Florida to cover the story. He goes with that intent, but there�s more to the story than that.
When Owen and Sherry were children, they bonded immediately over their shared love of music, and became fast friends.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David Burch on January 13, 2004
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This is an absolutely wonderful film that I had never heard of before chancing upon it at a public library. Someone there should get a raise. There are two excellent reviews here by eurotrashgirl and jhclues, and I have only a few things to add.
If you are close to someone whose life has been degraded by childhood cruelty, you must see this film. If you merely love superbly realistic storytelling and wonderful acting, see it as well. In addition to the performances mentioned by the other reviewers, the lovely and gracious Elizabeth Pena has a brief but crucial role as the young mother who now lives at the house where Sherry was raped those many years ago. Her character sets a beautiful example of overcoming disdain and disgust to sense someone else's pain and reach out in compassion. Very moving and inspiring.
Be warned that this is definitely not for the immature or squeamish. There are several torrid sex scenes that push the boundaries of an R rating. They all serve the needs of the story in one way or another, but most are at least disturbing and two rapes of young girls are both terrifying and heartrending. Think hard before letting your kids see this.
All in all, a film I would like to add to my collection and see again (but not more often than I can stand something this intense).
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on February 5, 2002
Who we are as individuals, and what we become, is nothing more than who we have always been and will always be; but within the psyche there are paths that lead to a myriad number of possible destinations, and often the choice of which to take is not ours. More often than not, circumstances-- some beyond our control, some not-- will determine which road we follow, and in our youth, even a single, significant emotional experience can dictate who we become and where life will take us. A shadow cast over one in adolescence is not easily dispelled, and all the beauty of life to that person may forever be elusive or clouded, hidden by a dark secret of the heart which prevents that person from ever being whole or capable of stepping out into the light of day. "Things Behind the Sun," written by Allison Anders and Kurt Voss, and directed by Anders, is an examination of the causes and effects of journey's taken that are not of our own choosing, but which nevertheless define who we are. It explores the complexities of human nature and the inescapable dictates of fate that make each of us unique; it's a study of survival and need, and the struggle of attempting to extirpate oneself from the darkness while reaching out to the light-- a light perhaps never offered and ever denied.
Owen (Gabriel Mann), a Los Angeles based writer for a magazine that covers the rock scene, becomes involved with the story of a young singer in Florida, Sherry (Kim Dickens), who has just been arrested for being drunk and disorderly. Sherry's band has risen beyond garage status or playing local Legion halls, but 120 people in the audience at a gig in some small dive they still consider good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Addict on November 4, 2012
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I have never seen a film like this. I think it took real courage to produce it and greater courage to star in it. This spoke to me and helped prompt me to seek help. It was painful for me to watch but I'm glad I did. I understood this girl an the young woman.
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