"The Gardenia Pocket Watch" is "Gran Torino" meets "Away From Her."
As an aging war hero struggles with PTSD and his own demons as he watches his beloved wife lose her battle with Alzheimer's, as well as his daughter's unwillingness to leave an abuse-filled marriage.
Ben (think Sam Elliot/Clint Eastwood character) has been in love with his wife Maggie for over 50 years and she doesn't even know who he is anymore. His daughter refuses to leave her abuse-filled husband. These two traumatic issues trigger old war-related nightmares and PTSD in the aging war hero. When Maggie passes away, Ben feels that he has nothing else left to lose, and he makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his daughter's life.