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  • Summary: In 2010, rock band The National were about to embark on the biggest tour of their career. After ten years as a band, and five critically acclaimed albums, they were finally enjoying wider recognition. Lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother, Tom, to join the tour's crew. A budding horror filmmaker, Tom - who is nine years younger than Matt and listens exclusively to heavy metal - decided to bring his camera along. Tom's at sea in the world of indie rock, and living in his brother's shadow brings out the younger sibling in him - he drinks, complains, and struggles to balance his ambition with his tour responsibilities. The result is a film about brothers and about making something of your own. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 26, 2014
    The finest rock doc since "Anvil: The Story of Anvil." Matt Berninger, lead singer of the National, is a 40ish indie-rock star who carries himself like a hip lawyer.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 27, 2014
    A tale of two brothers, one band and a boatload of psychological baggage, Mistaken for Strangers is, like its maker, scruffy, undisciplined and eager to be loved. The big surprise is how easy it is to comply.
  3. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Mar 27, 2014
    Mistaken For Strangers is as much a film about its director as it is about The National, which may qualify it as an entirely new kind of rock doc.
  4. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Mar 28, 2014
    Mistaken for Strangers was a group effort. And also an act of love.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Mar 26, 2014
    Mistaken For Strangers, which covers Tom’s time with the band and his subsequent attempts to piece together a movie about that time, is a sweet, funny, and sad film, but also an exceedingly odd one.
  6. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Mar 24, 2014
    Mistaken for Strangers, a documentary about indie group the National, comes off like an exercise in self-deprecation. As much a diary film as a rockumentary, it almost compulsively veers away from its ostensible subject.
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Mar 25, 2014
    Mistaken for Strangers doesn't reveal anything about Tom but his own insecurity.

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