Andrew, a promising 19-year-old drummer at a cutthroat Manhattan music conservatory, has little interest in being just a musician. Haunted by his father’s failed writing career and plagued with the fear that mediocrity just might be genetic, Andrew dreams of greatness. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he practices daily until his hands literally bleed. The pressure of success ratchets into high gear when he is picked to join the school band led by the infamous Terence Fletcher, a brutally savage music instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Under Fletcher’s ruthless direction, Andrew begins to pursue perfection at any cost—even his humanity.
Damien Chazelle directed his first feature, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, while an undergraduate at Harvard University. It was named one of 2009’s best films by the New York Times, the Village Voice, Film Comment, and several other publications. Chazelle’s script The Claim and Whiplash were included in the 2010 and 2012 Black Lists, and his short film, Whiplash, won a Short Film Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
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Title in Original Version : Whiplash