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Directed by Tom Berninger

United States 2013 80 mins. In 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.