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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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Country:

USA | Canada

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:

$1,658,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,958,790
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Company Credits

Production Co:

BRON Studios, JW Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was erroneously reported when the film was announced that it was going to be a musical. See more »

Quotes

Ronald: You have so much love to share with the world and so much life yet to live.
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Rediscovering family & love among the oscillatory demands of life
8 November 2019 | by DjMethodSee all my reviews

*minor vague spoilers on structure & theme*

Waves is an ambitious, impassioned, and honest depiction of the trials and tribulations that reverberate through our lives. It is slice of life cinema that brings us so urgently into human moments at an intimacy I haven't seen since Honeyland or Roma. It's about the weight of our personal battles, but also about rediscovering family, love, and some sense of normalcy in a world that can grow tumultuous and overbearing.

Waves, however, is primarily a sensory experience. The meticulous, immersive film & sound editing is notably well done, with visuals & colors that reflect character & mood, thoughtfully crafted transitions, and a jarring shift in tone and theme (writer/director Trey Edward Schultz apparently does all the editing himself!). There is essentially an anxiety-filled Krisha-like chapter accompanied by a fantastic score from Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails, followed by a lighter, more weightless Terrence Malick chapter. The camera communicates theme and emotion through all of this extraordinarily well.

Wonderful casting & chemistry. It's sincerely difficult to pick a favorite character when each one is written and acted so well. A few minor issues with the first half, including the medical probability of a particular event and the dynamic style being a bit heavy-handed initially. The second half emotionally wrecked the audience, as tears and sobs filled the Opera House throughout this portion. At times I thought of Lee Chang-dong's masterful meditation on grief, Secret Sunshine in the way the film spends time in silence, self-discovery, and learning to love again.

The opening shot of the film begins with the sound of heavy breathing in and out. Amidst all the chaos in life, it never again feels we can reduce life back down to these peaceful respiratory oscillations that keep us alive and moving forward.

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