We didn’t expect to be crying this much so early in the morning. The first trailer for “Waves,” starring Sterling K. Brown in what looks like a deeply emotional and sobering performance, is colorful and ravishing and might just move you, too.
“Waves” is the latest film from director Trey Edward Shults, who previously broke out with “Krisha” and “It Comes at Night,” and it plays at TIFF beginning on Sept. 10 after making its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.
Brown plays a well-intentioned, yet domineering father to a suburban, African American family in South Florida. They navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss, and it’s all set across the backdrop of heavenly blue waves. A24 is releasing the film and describes it as a “heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.”
“Lord knows I’ve held on to way too much hate in my life,” Brown says through tears in the trailer. “All we have is now. All we have is now.”
The trailer also has an inspiring score and cinematography that should remind you of A24’s Best Picture-winner “Moonlight.” “Waves” also stars Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie and Renée Elise Goldsberry.
“Waves” opens in theaters Nov. 1.
Watch the first trailer above.