There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane (2011)

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Director Liz Garbus explores the mystery behind the tragic Taconic State Parkway accident that claimed eight lives, and was deemed one of the worst ever in the history of New York State. When Diane Schuler, her son and daughter, and three nieces departed from an upstate New York campground on July 26, 2009, by all accounts their drive home to Long Island should have been an uneventful one. Within just four hours, however, Diane and most of her young passengers, as well as the three passengers in a separate SUV, were all dead. For reasons unknown, Diane had driven the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway for four miles, crashing directly into an SUV and causing an accident that would send a shockwave of grief across the nation. The sole survivor of the accident was Diane's young son Bryan. When the toxicology reports were completed, the authorities announced that at the time of the collision Diane's blood alcohol level was .19%, and that there was also a significant amount of THC in her system. But were alcohol and marijuana really to blame for this awful misfortune? By all accounts, Diane was a devoted mother who aimed for nothing short of perfection in both her career and her family life. Upon closer inspection, however, it was soon revealed that Diane had a troubled family history as a young girl - one that she still struggled with well into adulthood. In this documentary, filmmakers trace the efforts made my Diane's family to seek an alternate cause for the crash that could clear her name, and talk with the family of Guy and Michael Bastardi, who were killed in the crash along with their friend and passenger Daniel Longo, about the way this catastrophe has affected their lives.
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Another stellar HBO documentary that leaves answers to all the questions that were raised, but it walks a perfect angel/devil line that it should. Investigative, well done, but monumentally devastating.

Evan Michael
Evan Michael

The documentary details a horrible tragedy but does nothing to advance the story or provide insight.

Ryan Rogers
Ryan Rogers

Liz Garbus' latest documentary THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH AUNT DIANE is a truly sad and devastating depiction of loss and denial. The tragic deaths of 8 people, caused when Diane Schuler drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway, is always within grasp but mostly this film focuses on the inability to fully know "the truth" and her husband and sister-in-law's total inability to accept that they really didn't know Diane very well. She was drunk and stoned when the accident happened but her closet relatives simply will not believe addiction was the issue. How could it be when they "knew" her so well and "knew" she did not have a problem? The film will leaving wondering and pondering an eternal question, "how well can you really know another person." A truly perceptive and disturbing documentary.

Michael Lupetin
Michael Lupetin

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