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Waves (2019)

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Traces the journey of a suburban family - led by a well-intentioned but domineering father - as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.

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Trey Edward Shults
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Russell ... Emily
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Tyler
Alexa Demie ... Alexis
Bill Wise ... Coach Wise
David Garelik ... Ryan
Justin R. Chan ... Chang
Joshua Brockington ... Stan
Krisha Fairchild ... English Teacher
Renée Elise Goldsberry ... Catharine
Sterling K. Brown ... Ronald
Albert Link ... Minister
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Bobby
Vivi Pineda ... Elena
Holland Hayes ... Doctor Steve
Ruben E. A. Brown ... Wally
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Storyline

Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family - led by a well-intentional but domineering father - as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, Waves is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.

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Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug and alcohol use, some sexual content and brief violence-all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Florida, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,333, 17 November 2019

Gross USA:

$1,287,645

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,287,645
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Company Credits

Production Co:

A24 See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Trey Edward Shults's third consecutive collaboration with A24, following Krisha (2015) and It Comes At Night (2017). See more »


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True Love Waits
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"Waves" will move you in unexpected ways.
6 December 2019 | by SnobReviewsSee all my reviews

"Waves" will knock the wind right out of you. A rich and riveting emotional experience that I was not expecting. . In this drama, a suburban family's life is turned upside down when they experience a tragedy. . Usually, I don't enjoy films from A24, but "Waves" really wowed me. Beautifully shot, tremendous performances from each cast member and a harrowing and gut-wrenching story that will take you by surprise. From the highest highs and lowest lows, writer/director Trey Edwards Shults goes deep in this film covering all aspects of the human condition. I especially loved his use of various frames for the different tones in "Waves". An incredible movie-going experience that you must see.


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