Things Behind the Sun

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Things Behind the Sun
DVD cover
Directed by Allison Anders
Produced by Robin Alper
Daniel Hassid
Doug Mankoff
Written by Allison Anders
Kurt Voss
Starring Kim Dickens
Gabriel Mann
Don Cheadle
Music by Sonic Youth
Cinematography Terry Stacey
Edited by Chris Figler
Distributed by Behind The Sun Productions LLC
Release date
  • January 24, 2001 (2001-01-24)
Running time
120 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Things Behind the Sun is a 2001 film directed by Allison Anders and starring Kim Dickens and Gabriel Mann. Its title is taken from a song by Nick Drake.


Owen, a young reporter for a Los Angeles-based music magazine, goes back to his Florida hometown to interview Sherry, a local rock singer. Sherry and her band are becoming increasingly popular, largely because of a song she wrote about being sexually assaulted as a girl; this song has become a hit on college radio. Owen's reasons for returning to his hometown are more than professional, however: he and Sherry were close friends in childhood. Through flashbacks, the movie recalls Owen's memory of a critical moment in that past.

In the end, Owen informs his brother Dan that he sent the details of the crime committed to Dan's parole officer and also to his editor. In addition, he also describes his own role in the crime - he participated in a gang-rape he was unable to prevent. Owen is able find some of the twelve girls who were raped and convinces them to testify against Dan. When Dan vehemently asks why Owen is doing this, Owen replies that he once loved Sherry.


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