Mistaken for Strangers plus Satellite Q&A Cert. 15 Picture house at FACT

  • Released2013
  • Running time75 minutes
  • DirectorTom Berninger
  • GenreDocumentary

Fronted by singer Matt Berninger, Cincinnati indie stars The National embarked on a lengthy world tour in 2010. Unusually, The National includes two pairs of siblings – Aaron and Bryce Dessner, and Bryan and Scott Devendorf – and Matt Berninger also has a brother, Tom, an artist and aspiring movie director. Matt invited Tom along on tour as a roadie, allowing him to film the process, cinéma-vérité style; but neither brother, nor indeed the band and crew, could have predicted what a fraught and often unintentionally funny enterprise it would turn out to be. It’s obvious that Tom, often speaking direct to camera, has a high opinion of himself, and it’s equally obvious that he was a lousy roadie.

As a portrait of sibling dysfunction as well as life on the rocky road, MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is an absolute gem.

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