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 them as a roadie, but Tom has other ideas and his camera comes along for the ride. As he tries to capture the behind-the-scenes action, he winds up the band by poking the camera where it’s not wanted, learns that they aren’t as rock-and-roll as he want them to be and generally fails in his tour duties. Tom’s camera captures his journey as he finds himself living in Matt’s shadow and acting out in a way only a little brother can – drinking, complaining, and struggling to balance his ambition with his responsibilities. An amazingly intimate and spirited film, Mistaken For Strangers delves into the joys and struggles of brotherhood. [source]
We love The National. We finally got to see them live in Belfast last year… it was wonderful of course. So, we’ve been waiting to see the film Mistaken For Strangers, made by Tom Berninger, brother of lead singer Matt. Film4 screened it last night.
We loved it!
Whether intentional or otherwise… It was very funny but, also poignant and interesting to see the relationship of brothers Tom and Matt. One renowned film critic called it a “hamfisted rockumentary.” Like I said, we loved it.
If you are a fan of the band we think you will too.