A college grad takes a clerical job working for the literary agent of the renowned, reclusive writer J.D. Salinger.A college grad takes a clerical job working for the literary agent of the renowned, reclusive writer J.D. Salinger.A college grad takes a clerical job working for the literary agent of the renowned, reclusive writer J.D. Salinger.
An underrated movie about a real person - not just their idols, or even their career goals
Most people reviewing this film - understandably - look to it to be an examination of the world of New York literary agents, J.D. Salinger's work, aspiring writers, or some combination of all the above. Who can say - but it seems clear from seeing it just now (on its U.S. release) that it's a movie not principally concerned about those other things, but rather about its own central character, Joana Rakoff (as played by Margaret Qualley). It is, after all, *Joanna's* Salinger Year - not those other folks'; it's concerned with her *experience* of those things - not the things themselves. I find the movie to be highly underrated; indeed, it's got a few really standout moments (mostly things that play out in the confines of Joanna's mind) - as well as some good, solid performances. If you take it purely as a story of personal growth and development, *set against* the backdrop of the NY literary world, I think you'll enjoy it, as I did. It's "subtle," to be sure - but who needs sledgehammers? (Save that for "My Sledgehammer Year.")
- Mar 6, 2021
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