Mistaken for Strangers

  • Directed by Tom Berninger
  • United States, 2013, 80 mins., English

About to take off on their “High Violet” world tour, The National front man Matt Berninger decides to hire his metal-head brother Tom, a would-be horror filmmaker still living at home with the parents in Cincinnati, as a roadie. With high hopes and camera in tow, the adventure begins, but it’s not long before it’s evident to all that self-documenting partier Tom is not quite up to the professional rigors at hand. Not to mention the fact that the privileged-access rock doc that he decides to make—with the patient support of the band—doesn’t seem to be adding up to anything either. At once a film within a film, a behind-the-scenes tour (and performance) document, and a comic, endearing story about two brothers, MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is a witty meditation on the search for success and “what may be the funniest, most meta-music movie since SPINAL TAP.” —Pitchfork.

Genres: Documentary, Music