Mistaken for Strangers

(USA, 2013, 75 mins, DCP)
CAST The National, Matt Berninger, Tom Berninger


Hailed by Michael Moore as "one of the best documentaries about a band that I’ve ever seen" and by Pitchfork as "the funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap," Mistaken For Strangers is as much a film about brothers as it is about music.

Matt Berninger, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. Meanwhile his younger brother, Tom, is a loveable slacker - a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National’s biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom’s plan to film the entire adventure.

What starts as a rock documentary soon becomes a surprisingly honest portrait of a charged relationship between siblings, and the frustration of unfulfilled creative ambitions.

"Poignant and hilarious." NME

"Brutal, hilarious, unexpectedly honest." The Hollywood Reporter

"The best documentary we have seen all year." The New York Observer