Mistaken For Strangers Review

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While his brother Matt forges a successful career as frontman of indie band The National, Tom Berninger remains something of a fringe player in the family's successes. Until, that is, he persuades his sibling to let him film the band on the road...


Lovable schlub Tom is the brother of Matt Berninger, lead singer of indie darlings The National. Tom wants to make a documentary about Matt, but ends up with a meta movie about artistic endeavour. Far more entertaining and candid than its ‘music doc’ label.

It could easily have been a workaday music doc, but amid all the gigs, pit stops and sound checks emerges a funny and wry story of brothers at work.