“Waves” cast members Lucas Hedges, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, and Alexa Demie, alongside director Trey Edward Shults, spoke to Variety about the inspiration behind the film, which follows a suburban Florida family as they navigate love and forgiveness in the wake of a death. “He wrote a script about a kid who was able to make mistakes and he wasn’t necessarily becoming a villain because of it,” Harrison said.

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