In Whiplash, Andrew Neiman's faith in his drumming abilities are brought to trial by a demanding music teacher, Terence Fletcher.
Fletcher's methods are unyielding, precise, disturbing, and mysteriously infectious. We see Andrew meld into Fletcher over the course of the film as his willingness to succeed is tested. Andrew and Fletcher are shared in a belief that no one can know their truth or greatness with more clarity and precision than they themselves bear, and it is this commitment that emboldens them.
Andrew's bar for success is set at its height in his brightest hour, rising brilliantly along a limitless horizon.