A college grad takes a clerical job working for the literary agent of the renowned, reclusive writer J.D. Salinger.


Philippe Falardeau


Philippe Falardeau, Joanna Smith Rakoff (based on the book by) (as Joanna Rakoff)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Qualley ... Joanna
Sigourney Weaver ... Margaret
Douglas Booth ... Don
Seána Kerslake ... Jenny
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Hugh
Colm Feore ... Daniel
Théodore Pellerin ... Boy from Winston-Salem
Yanic Truesdale ... Max
Hamza Haq ... Karl
Leni Parker ... Pam
Ellen David ... Placement Agent
Romane Denis Romane Denis ... Girl Who Wants an A
Tim Post ... J.D. Salinger
Gavin Drea ... Mark
Matt Holland ... Clifford Bradbury


In New York City's late nineties, a young aspiring writer lands a day-job at J.D. Salinger's literary agency. While her eccentric and old-fashioned boss tasks her to process Salinger's voluminous fan mail, she struggles to find her own voice. Written by micro_scope

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Rated R for language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Joanna, referencing U.C. Berkeley, says she's like "a big cloud of East Coast irony haunting Southern California," but Berkeley is in Northern California. See more »


Joanna: The job of an agent is to open up opportunities for their clients, but, when it came to Salinger, the logic was reversed. We had to shield him from the outside world, bolstering his reputation as a complicated recluse.
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Performed by Nada Surf
Written by Matthew Caws, Ira Elliot, Daniel Lorca
Published by Karmacode
Courtesy of Nada Surf and Mardev Records
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A nice film, nicely made.
21 December 2020 | by GoreWhoreAustSee all my reviews

While there is nothing particularly revelatory about My Salinger Year, it is a pleasant and neatly crafted film. There are obvious comparisons to be made with The Devil Wears Prada but this work seems far more honest and much less showy. There is humour but not to the camp heights of 'Prada'. Instead there are some great observations on the arrival of the internet and email into the long established world of New York literati, the story being set in 1995. The always striking Sigourney Weaver has fabulous command of comedy and makes these moments truly memorable. But an actor such as Weaver has so much more to give and does so in the small opportunities she his given to extend her character beyond two dimensions. Qualley is an adeqate lead, at times over then under playing her role. Fantasy moments are also woven in, which do feel awkward at first but then somehow seem to fit with the protagonist's wistfulness. A dance sequence is particularly lovely. If you are looking for a pleasant, not very challenging but intelligent adult film then My Salinger Year will satisfy a night out, or more likely, a night in.

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5 March 2021 (USA) See more »

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada


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$28,851, 7 March 2021

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