My New York Year

My New York Year
  • 2020
  • Canada / Ireland
  • 1h 41min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Philippe Falardeau
  • Written by: Philippe Falardeau, Joanna Rakoff
  • Cast: Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver, Douglas Booth
  • UK release: 21 May 2021
  • Phone: 0131 653 5245

A young college graduate starts work for the literary agent of reclusive writer JD Salinger.

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My New York Year

A classic coming-of-age story, My New York Year brings Joanna Rakoff’s bestselling memoir about her formative years working at an old-school literary agency to the big screen.   

“…both humorous and moving”

The setting is New York in the 90s: After leaving graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a writer, Joanna gets hired as an assistant to Margaret (Sigourney Weaver), the stoic and old-fashioned literary agent of J. D. Salinger. Fluctuating between poverty and glamour, she spends her days in a plush, wood-panelled office – where dictaphones and typewriters still reign and agents doze off after three-martini lunches – and her nights in a sink-less Brooklyn apartment with her socialist boyfriend.  Joanna’s main task is processing Salinger’s voluminous fan mail, but as she reads the heart-wrenching letters from around the world, she becomes reluctant to send the agency’s impersonal standard letter and impulsively begins personalizing the responses. 

French-Canadian writer-director Philippe Falardeau (whose Monsieur Lazhar was a huge hit with DCA audiences) guides us on Joanna’s journey as she grapples with what she wants out of life on both the professional and private fronts.  The results are both humorous and moving, as Joanna, while using the great writer’s voice, begins to discover her own.

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My New York Year

17 May 20213 stars

Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley star in a likeable drama set in the literary world

Known elsewhere as My Salinger Year, this elegant but slightly uninspired entry from Québécois director Philippe Falardeau (The Good Lie) is based on the memoir by Joanna Rakoff and kicked off last year's Berlinale. Beginning in 1996, it foregrounds the…

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