Dir: Philippe Falardeau, Canada/Ireland, 2020, 101 min.
Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver, Douglas Booth.
“My Salinger Year is a lovely, captivating film based on the memoir by Joanna Rakoff about working at the venerable Madison Avenue literary agency that represented iconic author J.D. Salinger. Margaret Qualley plays the endearingly driven Rakoff circa 1995 as she leaves graduate school and moves east to the Big Apple to become a writer, inspired by having sold two poems to the Paris Review… Joanna finds a job as the assistant to old school lit agent Margaret (Sigourney Weaver), who consigns her new hire to such mundane tasks as typing dictation and answering Salinger’s passionate fan mail… Although she’s never read The Catcher in the Rye, she forms a kinship with both Salinger and his adoring admirers… Her empathy for the author’s fans leads Joanna to take matters into her own naive hands, to amusing and unpredictable effect. Joanna’s journey of creative and emotional enlightenment – including the balancing act of trying to write when consumed by a day job – is managed with grace, tenderness and touching credibility by a wonderfully winning Qualley in concert with the smart, engaging direction and screenplay.” – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times