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Mistaken For Strangers

"WhenTom Berninger's rock-star brother Matt, frontman for Brooklyn quintetThe National, invited him to be a roadie on his band's biggest tour,Tom had never even been on a tour bus. His lack of experience did not serve him well, but a funny thing happened on the way to the concert hall:Tom turned defeat into a documentary that's insightful, sweet and often hilarious.

"In Mistaken for Strangers, a fresh revamp of the music-doc tem- plate,The National's songs are mere backdrop to a story whose true subjects are sibling love and rivalry and the thorny matter of creative success.Tom was 30, living with the folks in Cincinnati and making zero-budget gore shorts when singer-songwriter Matt extended his offer, hoping to sharpen his little bro's sense of purpose. Arriving bright-eyed, eager to party and equipped with a camera,Tom got busy shooting behind the scenes. His knack for bad timing and clue- less questions is the stuff of SpinalTap-esque comedy.Yet something primal emerges, asTom turns interviews with band members into therapy sessions about his relationship with his brother.

“For all their obvious differences, the bond between affableTom and laser-intense Matt reveals itself in ways both subtle and profound." - LA Times

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