J.D. Salinger was one of the literary world’s most enigmatic figures – so it’s surprising that this hasn’t been channelled onto the big screen more. Director James Sadwith attempts to capture the Salinger mythology with Coming Through the Rye, a film based on his own experiences of trying to meet the iconic author. Here’s the official synopsis:
Based on the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker’s own true story, 16-year-old Jamie Schwartz (Alex Wolff) wants desperately to be a worldly adolescent. Unhappy at his all-boys boarding school, his life raft is the belief that he will someday play Holden Caulfield—the complex and alienated main character from the iconic novel The Catcher in the Rye—on Broadway and in the movies. He adapts the novel as a play and runs away to the mountains of New Hampshire to search for the book’s reclusive author, JD Salinger (Academy Award-winner Chris Cooper). Along the way he is picked up by a local girl, DeeDee Gorlin (Stefania Owen). Their odyssey and the events that follow are a journey into the meanings of friendship, sex, love, and loss.
With the steady gravitas of Chris Cooper in the Salinger role, we’re intrigued to see Coming Through the Rye – however, this one looks more of an indie road movie than a deep depiction of the author’s legacy.
Coming Through the Rye opens October 14th.