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Mistaken for Strangers (2013)

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Tom Berninger chronicles his time spent on the road as a member of the tour crew for The National, the rock & roll band fronted by his brother, Matt.


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Credited cast:
Matt Berninger ... Himself
Aaron Dessner ... Himself
Bryce Dessner ... Himself
Bryan Devendorf ... Himself
Scott Devendorf ... Himself
Brandon Reid Brandon Reid ... Himself
Carin Besser ... Herself, Matt Berninger's wife
Isla Berninger Isla Berninger ... Himself
Nancy Berninger Nancy Berninger ... Herself
Paul Berninger Paul Berninger ... Himself
Barack Obama ... Himself (as President Barack Obama)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dawn Barger Dawn Barger ... Herself, band manager
Tom Berninger ... Himself
Annie Clark Annie Clark ... Herself
Ira Kaplan Ira Kaplan ... Himself


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. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

28 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jak nieznajomi See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,743, 30 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$137,460, 4 May 2014
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26 May 2014 | by fordtim76See all my reviews

Pretty awesome documentary overall. I really didn't expect it to be any good and was pleasantly surprised. As well, I had never heard of this band before, not necessarily my type of music but I liked what I heard. Tom is a guy we all know, maybe a guy we are all at times. A likable fellow that can to no awareness of his own, ruffle feathers and mess things up even though his heart is in the right place. The dynamic of this film captured how we can all feel insignificant despite our efforts. Tom you are talented and you showed it with this documentary for sure.

Def worth a watch.

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