Rated NR · 80 minutes · 2014
Tom Berninger, brother of Matt Berninger (lead singer of the National), joins his brother on tour as a roadie and records the proceedings for this offbeat and genuinely charming movie. Tom fails as a roadie and he nearly fails as a filmmaker, but he perseveres to make a documentary that pays more attention to Tom and his struggles than the actual music. Fans of the National might walk away a little perturbed that the film contains minimal concert footage but, hey, you have albums and seeing them on tour to fill that gap. What this movie ends up being is an endearing account of two very different brothers coming together in strange circumstances and making everything work for the better in the end. Mistaken for Strangers shows that Matt’s faith in his weird little brother, who drew far better pictures than he did when they were kids, has paid off. The little pest knows his way behind a camera and around editing software.


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Director: Tom Berninger
Producer: Matt Berninger, Carin Besser, Craig Charland and Marshall Curry

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Portland Mercury Strange Bedfellows Mistaken for Strangers is a different sort of music documentary. by Ezra Ace Caraeff 03/26/2014

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