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A passionate young jazz drummer's pursuit of perfection spirals into obsession under the tutelage of a terrifying instructor.


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A simple yet powerful movie. Brought to life by then-novice director Damien Chazelle, this film uses music as a starting point for a visceral and impactful story. Outstanding acting by J.K. Simmons, paired with Chazelle's direction, raises the tension that the film builds. It is no wonder that the feature passed through several festivals and was immensely awarded.



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Plot summary

Andrew Neiman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Terence Fletcher, an instructor known equally for his teaching talents and his terrifying methods, discovers Andrew and transfers him into his band. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection soon spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability and his sanity.

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