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Mistaken for Strangers [DVD]


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  • Actors: Tom Berninger, Matt Berninger, Bryce Dessner, Aarn Dessner, Scott Devendorf
  • Directors: Tom Berninger
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dogwoof
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2014
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JDATUZE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,123 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

Extras
Theatrical Trailer
Director's Commentary
Director's Q&A with Matt Berninger
Summer Loving Torture Party
Finding love on tour with The National
A Naked Performance Of Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
Singing In The Mirror
Tough Questions
High Violet Commercial
LA Thirsty Rehearsal
Pre-Show Rituals
The Brothers Dresner
The Brothers Devendorf
Tom's Trips
Wages of Sin

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fay woolnough on 8 Aug 2014
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Funny and warm. I am a big fan of the national and had been to see them play in Edinburgh about a week before I managed to watch this DVD . The documentory is really more about being the younger brother in the shadow of your successful older brother. I would definitely recommend it,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Farrington on 13 Aug 2014
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As rough around the edges as its maker, Mistaken for Strangers offers an intimate insight into a very particular sibling relationship. Tom Berninger is a maddeningly self-defeating individual, provoking frustrations in elder brother Matt which the viewer can only share. Yet underlying their relationship is an affection which is affecting enough to make this a poignant watch, even before a finale which will have you cheering both men to the rafters and possibly wiping away tears. Lovely.
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This film is really, really great.

If you're a fan of the National in any way (which I most certainly am), you're in for a treat, but even if you're not, you're bound to enjoy this surprising little documentary. My parents came with me to watch it at the cinema with the live Q&A afterwards, and they barely knew of the National or their music, but still preach Mistaken For Strangers for be one of the best films of the year so far.

It's enjoyable for those who don't know the band because the film isn't really centered around them, but rather a guy named Tom and his older brother Matt, the lead singer of the National. For die-hard National fans, don't go into this documentary expecting a "National tour movie", because that isn't what you'll get. The film explores their relationship from an early age, when Matt would take Tom to films like Predator, sparking Tom's love for the film industry, and how they grew apart as Matt became a rockstar. The film is sweet, genuine, honest and also hilarious.

Definitely buy this DVD, if not just for the film, but also for its extensive special features. It certainly is my personal favourite documentary of many, many years.
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The reality of tour life in its true raw state. The combination of real highs and the incredible lows makes this doco the best I have seen in a long time!. The insight into the life of Matt's brother Tom, is emotional yet comforting, to see his commitment and relationship with his famous brother who he looks up to. Don't be expecting your typical 'tour band documentary'.. it is much more than that!.. absolute money well spent!
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By A. T. Burree on 12 Aug 2014
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One of the Best music docs in recent years, up there with Shut Up and Play the Hits and A Band Called Death! But it's so much more...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane barry on 25 Nov 2014
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Extremely boring. Had to turn it off.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ld Smith on 22 July 2014
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Sublime.

A subtle look at the conceits of fame and a touching insight into the dynamics of the relationship between brothers. As a fan of the band it was great to see 'behind the scenes' but the documentary would be suitable for non-fans.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PAGAN ALESSANDRA on 27 July 2014
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i love the national, last year seen at werchter and Tuesday in ferrara and on Thursday I went to the cinema to see the film.
What can I say, brilliant, hilarious, amazing, heart-warming and hilarious. I just love it
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