In the Cohen brothers’ version of Homer’s Odyssey set in the depression-era Deep South, the protagonist steals, croons, and sweet-talks his way back to his lover’s arms. Only to get caught by the law and to stand face-to-face with the noose. He repents, confesses his crimes, and begs God for mercy for his compadres and himself. Right then, the local dam breaks and floods the valley leaving Everett & Company free and clear. They are saved by the flood. Baptized. Washed.
The waters come. The tears flow. They wash away nooses and accursers. And the regrets, the toxic habits, and the guilt.
I have been searching for something taken out of my soul. Something I’d never lose. Something somebody stole.
And now I’m ready. It’s time.