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Drama/Crime/Mystery/Thriller, USA, 2004, 50 min.

Synopsis A car carrying a mother and her four young sons explodes, killing the three youngest boys in the back seat and landing the mother and oldest son in the hospital. It is found to have been the result of a planted pipe bomb, which initially leads Detectives Goren and Eames to think it was the work of suspected terrorists who were targeting the family because the father worked as an engineer who invented a new type of landmine currently being used in the Middle East. However, when those people prove to be clean, focus moves to the father of the boys. He shows little, if any, emotion over their deaths, and they find he was putting undue pressure on his wife, going so far as to make her cease taking needed anti-depressants, and even making her sleep in the boys' bedroom. It is then found out a piece of hardware equipment was purchased by someone in her family, then rigged so it would blow carbon monoxide out, but eventually returned. The focus is now on the mother. Goren and Eames realize she had done the rigging to the item, but returned it when she realized her first plan wouldn't work the way she wanted it to. Eventually the woman breaks down and confesses to the crime, stating between the pressures put on by her husband and the pressures she felt just for being a mother to four small boys and not being able to be the mother she wanted to be due to her Catholic beliefs, she tried to kill herself and the four boys, believing she'd "be a better mother in Heaven". She and her oldest son survived because he was playing with the power windows in the car at the time of the blast and the fact the windows were open provided ventilation that ultimately saved their lives. She is charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, and is sentenced to 25 years in a plea bargain. Her husband, who technically had nothing to do with the crime, could not be charged with a crime.

Directed by Frank Prinzi  

Starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, Jamey Sheridan, Courtney B. Vance, Carrie Preston, more...

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