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Things Behind the Sun (2001)

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Writer and director Allison Anders, who used the world of rock & roll as the backdrop for her films Border Radio, Grace of My Heart, and Sugar Mountain, returns to the music scene for this tale of a woman struggling to come to terms with an emotionally devastating past. Sherry McGrale (Kim Dickens) is a punk-influenced singer and songwriter whose angry, deeply personal music has begun to win her a national following, though the demons that fuel her art are playing havoc with her life, as she

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Art House & International, Drama

Allison Anders, Kurt Voss

Apr 8, 2003

Behind the Sun Productions

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A film of remarkable honesty and courage.

October 12, 2001
New York Post
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After several disappointing films, Allison Anders has made a nother personal film that thematically is linked with her first (and best) feature, Gas Food Lodging.

July 26, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Feels as surprising as the truth often does.

November 1, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Anders makes the point without belaboring it and without exploiting it for a turn-on.

October 15, 2001 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

At its core are three remarkable performances.

October 11, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is a hard film to watch, and yet it adheres to a perspective important for both men and women to see.

October 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Things Behind the Sun

[font=Century Gothic][color=red]"Things Behind the Sun" is an autobiographical movie from Allison Anders(Grace of My Heart; Gas Food Lodging) that was first shown on Showtime. It starts out in Cocoa Beach, Fl with Sherry McGrale(Kim Dickens, in a brave, great performance) making an annual drunken odyssey to a house. Now she is on probation under the watchful eyes of her caring manager(Don Cheadle, yet another typically excellent performance). Sherry has written a song about being raped as a young girl which is making the rounds of college radio stations.(This reminded me of Tori Amos' song "Me and a Gun.") Meanwhile, Owen(Gabriel Mann), a journalist for Vinyl Fetish Magazine in Los Angeles, claims to know who raped Sherry and returns to Florida.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#ff0000]"Things Behind the Sun" is a very powerful movie about rape and how it negatively effects everybody involved, even years down the road. I especially liked the fact that it does not shy away from some of the more unpleasant parts of the story, thus keeping the story even more real. It does falter a bit towards the end, though. Allison Anders makes a better use of music here than she did in "Grace of My Heart". Eric Stoltz is extremely good in a short role, playing a convict.(And I apologize if I insinuated that he could not handle a serious dramatic role in my review of "House of Mirth." Apparently he can...) And it's nice to see Patsy Kensit in anything.[/color][/font]
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May 15, 2005
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Walter M.

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This is a very brave, honest look at the long term effects of rape, both on the victim and on an unwilling victimizer. The fact it chooses to explore both angles is impressive, but there is much more to be found here as this is not at all a 'message' film. For example, I'd be hard pressed to name a film that is more in love with music, both specific songs and of it, the creative process behind it, the act of composing, the finished product, everything. This is the kind of film that understands how a song can, in a few minutes, often express much more than all the dialogue in the world, how the right music can have such a long lasting effect on a person.

This film is remarkably powerful, with scenes of such searing honesty that they cut right to the bone of the viewer. The ending is as 'uplifting' as the circumstances allow, presenting the characters with the opportunity to grow from their experiences and look to a brighter future, but the last song is heartbreaking, reminding the audience of just how much these characters lost that one night, and how much they can never regain.
February 6, 2007
Hellshocked
Eduardo C

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    1. Chuck: I know who she is! I know who she is in her bones! And that's who I'm hanging in here for... that sweet little girl who never had the chance...
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Sharry McGrale: You didn't come here to help me. You came here to save your own ass.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Sharry McGrale: Try living with the guilt knowing that the only way to get turned on is by acting out the very thing that ruined your life.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Sharry McGrale: It's hard for me to be with the guys that I love. I's just easier to be with guys that don't matter or the ones that don't know me.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Chuck: It never gets easier for men, honey. We're just stuck, like some old needle in a worn out groove.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Sharry McGrale: Every time I look at you, evil grows in me.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
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