"Whiplash" Wins Top Prizes at the Deauville American Film Festival

September 22, 2014 12:55 PM

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"Whiplash" Wins Top Prizes at the Deauville American Film Festival

Is it worth driving yourself mad--to the point of bleeding hands and losing your girlfriend--to achieve greatness? This is the premise of Damien Chazelle's extraordinary new film, Whiplash, which won the grand prize at Deauville this past week, and also took home the audience award.

The story: A 19 year old music student, Andrew, wants desperately to succeed as a jazz drummer, and so works himself to exhaustion to please his sadistic music teacher, a near-caricature of a tyrant named Fletcher who humiliates his students, with a constant stream of militant insults, to prod them ...

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