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Here is everything we know about the movie version of My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Here’s everything we know about the My Year of Rest and Relaxation movie

This BookTok fave has fans like Suki Waterhouse and is being brought to life by the people who gave us Saltburn and Barbie


The Ottessa Moshfegh novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation has been one of the most anticipated but secretive movie adaptions in recent times.

The New York Times bestseller cover’s coquettish and hyperfeminine vibe, exemplified by Jacques Louis David’s 1798 painting A Young Woman in White, has gotten big on TikTok. The book has more than 93.6 million views on the video-sharing platform and has celebrity fans like Suki Waterhouse.

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It captures a similar ennui to something like Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film Marie Antoinette, which gave the doomed Queen of France a new perspective for the Paris Hilton generation.

Upon the book’s publication, Ottessa acknowledged the narrator being “a very angry person”, possibly capturing something in what other social media trends have tried to define as ‘feminine rage’ or just the mundanity of life, or the frustration of trying to do it all with a 9 to 5.

Building on this, it almost feels like a hit is in the bag; however, there has been little detail about the who, what, when, where, and who of bringing the literary sensation to the big screen.

Here is everything we know so far about the My Year of Relaxation movie. 

What is My Year of Rest and Relaxation about?

The book, which was published in 2018, follows an unnamed protagonist as she struggles with the vacuous and meaninglessness of her immensely privileged life living in New York City. Driven to the brink of exhaustion by working at a modern art gallery, she manages to get herself an easily manipulated psychiatrist to prescribe her enough films to sleep for a year, waking only to drink coffee and watch old films.

Who is producing My Year of Rest and Relaxation?

Margot Robbie purchased the rights for the novel back in 2019 via her and her husband Tom Ackerley’s production company LuckyChap Entertainment, who brought the two of the most discoursed movies of 2023 to life; Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn.