In 2010 the rock band The National released their fifth album High Violet. After ten years as critical darlings the band was finally enjoying wider recognition. As they were about to embark on the biggest tour of their career lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother Tom to be a part of their tour crew. A budding filmmaker and horror movie enthusiast Tom brought along his camera to film the experience. Mistaken For Strangers follows the story of two brothers at very different moments in their lives. Approaching forty Matt is just now beginning... to experience life as a rock star. Before he is invited on tour Tom age 30 is still living at home in Cincinnati. On tour Tom struggles to keep up with his crew duties. He watches his older brother perform sold-out shows for screaming fans and feels increasingly cut off from him. He doesn't always understand the band's success (he prefers heavy metal). He falls into bad habits loses track of the film he is trying to make and Matt starts to come down on him. Eventually Tom gets fired. After tour Tom moves in with Matt and his wife Carin who put him up until he finishes the film. This proves difficult; Tom shot over 200 hours of footage. He's scattered overwhelmed and feeling lost. The film Tom finally produces is a hilarious and touching look at two very different brothers and an odd but strangely moving portrait of a popular nuanced band. Special Features: Deleted Scenes Extra performances from The National [show more]
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Documentary about American indie-rock band The National. The film begins as National frontman Matt Berninger invites his younger and less successful brother Tom along on their worldwide tour to work as a roadie for the band. An aspiring film-maker, Tom decides to take a camera with him to document the band's journey. Expecting the tour to be one filled with drugs, booze and women, Tom is disappointed when he finds out that the band are a lot tamer than he expects and while he conducts interviews with the band members, Matt grows more and more impatient with his careless attitude and unreliability. What begins as a rock documentary then takes a more sentimental turn as the film becomes more about the relationship between the two siblings and Tom's need to create something worthwhile for once.