"Things Behind the Sun"

Things Behind the Sun (2001) is an Independent film from writer/director Allison Anders, in large part based on her own rape at a very young age. As the film opens, Kim Dickens, drunk, passes out on the lawn of a house. We have no idea why. We soon learn that she doesn't either, but this is the third year in a row that she has done this. Normally, she is kept busy being a drunk, lead singer of a band whose music, in large part, talks about her gang rape as a young girl, and being a pain to her manager and wannabe savior and lover, Don Cheadle.

Meanwhile, an LA music reporter helps his girlfriend champion a project to interview Dickens. The editor wants no part of the travel budget until the writer, Gabriel Mann, mentions that he knows who the rapist is. He is assigned the story, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend who unearthed it, Alison Folland.

So Mann is off to Florida. Along the way, he visits Eric Stolz, who plays his brother, in prison. Through a series of flashbacks, we eventually learn all about the gang rape, actually one of many committed in the house, all spearheaded by the Stolz character. As if gang rape wasn't enough for a 12 year old to endure, she ended up with VD, leaving her sterile. Also, she can only be intimate with men she doesn't know, and then wants to be restrained and have sex with more than one at a time.

This is not a typical rape story where the victim is a sweet, sympathetic character and all of the rapists pure evil (although the Stolz character is pretty much all bad). Rather, we see that the experience turned the victim into a dysfunctional adult, and that she was not the only one permanently affected. The film takes place long after the rape, and shows the long lasting effects of this crime. It is hard to imagine that anyone could watch this film without being moved by it. So much of it has the ring of truth.

Dickens shows breasts in a sex scene, and again in a shower scene. Folland also shows breasts. IMDb readers have this at 7.5. It premiered at Sundance. As it is distributed by Showtime, and garnered an Emmy nomination, I am guessing it went to TV from there. It was shot on a very aggressive schedule on digital, but is technically sound. Since both leads are part of the music business, the songs and sound track were very important, and Anders got clearance on an amazing number of songs for the soundtrack. All of the performances were spot on. The flashbacks where specially adjusted to have a very different look than the current time stuff. They were shot highly saturated, desaturated, then pumped with yellow and red , for a very distinctive feel that was nonetheless very clear. This is not a feel good film, although each of the characters finds all the redemption they deserve, but it is certainly an effective one, and will give most many things to think about. C+

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