BURN AFTER READING
Year of production: 2008
Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen
Screenwriters: Joel & Ethan Coen
Producers: Joel & Ethan Coen
Director of Photography: Emmanuel Lubezki
Cast: Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, George Clooney, John Malkovich
Faced with a demotion due to a drinking problem, Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) angrily quits his job as a CIA analyst and decides to write a memoir. His wife Katie (Tilda Swinton) wants a divorce and expects her lover, Harry (George Clooney), a philandering State Department marshal, to leave his wife. At the instruction of her lawyer, Katie copies and delivers her husband’s digital financial records and other files, unknowingly including the draft of Ozzie’s memoir. The lawyer’s assistant copies the files onto a CD, which she accidentally leaves on the locker room floor local gym. Two employees there try to turn it into cash: Linda (Frances McDormand), who wants money for cosmetic surgery, and Chad (Brad Pitt), an amiable goof. Information on the disc leads them to Osbourne who rejects their sales pitch; then they visit the Russian embassy. To sweeten the pot, they decide they need more of Osbourne’s secrets. All roads lead to Osbourne’s house.