There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (HBO) | Documentary Review
by Wendy Hearn
(Atlanta, Georgia USA)
Every Monday night HBO is airing their season of documentaries which are always riveting and such a great prototype for good film making. They really know what they are doing over there at HBO, and this particular film, There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane, I can't seem to get out of my head.
One reason the film keeps sticking with me is because the 2009 mystery of what caused Aunt Diane to drive herself and four children in a minivan 70mph in broad daylight for over a mile down the wrong way of a major NY highway causing theirs and 3 others death has yet to be answered.
The filmmakers do their best to investigate and present the few answers they can based on expert forensics, psychiatric analysis, witness testimony, family confusion, and the horrific aftermath. (Be aware however if you watch this film there is a still shot of Diane's mangled body from the accident scene).
The basic gist of the film is to examine how a wife, devoted supermom, and excellent bread winner could have been found at the scene with a toxicology report containing a huge amount of alcohol and marijuana in her system which ultimately causes her to make such a grave error in judgement. Everyone, especially her family, deny that Diane was the sort of woman who could have ever indulged in such behavior while driving with children in her minivan. But indeed DNA and toxicology prove that these things were present in her system at the time of the crash.
After watching the film I have come to my own conclusion as to what motivated Aunt Diane to make such a horrible decision...which I think is why this film works. No one will ever know what happened, but the filmmakers empower you to arrive at a place where you can draw your own conclusions and this dark, complex film stays with you a few days after watching Something's Wrong With Aunt Diane.
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