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The film tells the emotional journey of a suburban African American family as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together following a loss.
Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie and Renee Elise Goldsberry also star in the film. Trey Edward Shults directed and wrote the screenplay.
The trailer opens with the family attending a church service in which the priest preaches about the importance of love. The family is grieving, though it’s unclear why.
Ronald (Brown) later asks his daughter (Russell) how she has been holding up. When she says she’s been OK, he responds, “You know, it’s OK if you’re not.”
The father tells his son, Tyler (Harrison Jr.), that everything he does is for the family.
Tyler’s relationship with his girlfriend, Alexis (Demie), is also highlighted in the trailer. After she says that she’s worried about him, he assures her that everything will be all right. “We’re in this together,” he says.
Ensuing clips show Ronald and his wife, Catherine (Goldsberry), fighting over the pressure he puts on Tyler, specifically his habit of pushing toxic masculinity traits onto his son. A montage of clips also shows lighthearted moments of the kids driving and dancing, as well as glimpses of Tyler and Alexis fighting and the family visiting the hospital.
“Lord knows I’ve held on to way too much hate in my life,” Ronald tells his family. “All we have is now.”
Waves premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and will next screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. It will hit theaters on Nov. 1.
Watch the full trailer above.
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