“Session”

Over the summer, I was catching up on some movies I’d missed recently. One was “Whiplash” (titled セッション in Japanese). It’s one of those movies I wanted to see when it came out (in 2014) but didn’t think I needed to see it in a theater. It’s an amazing film, very intense, and deserving of the many awards it won was nominated for.

Here’s a video showing scenes from the story — as a short film, which it originally was, and as a feature-length film. Very little changed from short to feature, including the actor who plays the teacher.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, this video does give you a good taste of what the main character (the teacher) is like, but doesn’t contain spoilers about most of the story or the ending. And it also contains quite a LOT of swearing, so brace yourself.

  • What do you think about the difference in titles: “Whiplash” vs. “Session”?
  • If you’ve seen the movie, try writing a movie review.
  • Have you ever had a tough teacher or coach like this?
  • Do you know of other movies that started as short films and made it to feature films?
  • If you were to take a feature film you’ve seen and “reverse engineer” it into a short film, what movies would work well and what movies wouldn’t?
  • What do you think are the differences between a short film and a movie trailer? In other words, is it only about length? See if you can find a movie trailer of “Whiplash” and compare it to the short film.
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