denial, anger, depression...and a seriously wicked groove

An inconsolable widower finds rhythm in his blues

 

Earl Palmer is suicidally depressed after the death of his wife, but still dedicated to his job as a trauma surgeon.  Saving a patient who had tried to kill himself leaves him shaken. He resolves to move on, and starts disposing of his wife’s belongings. In the process, he finds his old drum set.

 

His obsession with drumming grows as his depression deepens. He becomes fixated on New Orleans funeral dirges. His life falls apart. His boss tells him to take some time off. Rose,
a neighbor, visits often — uninvited and unannounced. Finally he explodes with anger and kicks her out.  As he trashes the house in a panicked rage, an unopened letter turns up. It is from his wife.

 

Earl goes to a music club to find Rose and apologize. The band is playing New Orleans-infused blues, offering Earl a chance to connect with something outside his grief.