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Waves (2019)

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Releases November 15, 2019
Traces the journey of a suburban African-American 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 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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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

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Rated R for language throughout, drug and alcohol use, some sexual content and brief violence-all involving teens
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Florida, USA

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A24 See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Lucas Hedges and Alexa Demie previously worked on Mid90's (2018) together. See more »

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Intense, immersive and deep
13 October 2019 | by carrythe2See all my reviews

Waves is one hell of a story, an emotionally draining tale about the crushing pressures on some teenagers and the fallout that can result from poor communication and lack of understanding between parents and their children.

It is also a wild sensory experience, particularly in the masterful use of music to encapsulate the characters' emotional state, in a way that will be familiar to anyone who was a music-lover in their teens - that heady, swirling intensity of sound that seems to speak only to you. At times it feels as though the soundtrack is ahead of the story, driving it forward.

Waves is deliberately a film in 2 halves, and if you're like me you'll be wondering where the hell it's going towards the end. Whilst the intensity builds relentlessly in the first half, the second is gentle and meandering. It's understandable why the story takes that direction (and it's a bold break with conventional storytelling) but, unfortunately, it makes watching to the end a bit of an endurance test - it just completely loses momentum.

However, I'd still highly recommend it. It is a confident and complex film exploring extremely relevant and important issues about modern family life. It is a deep exploration of the teenage (and particularly black American) experience.


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