Mistaken For Strangers 2014 NR CC

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When a slacker is hired as a roadie for his rock star brother's band The National, he ignores his work, starts filming, and creates "the funniest, most meta music movie since SPINAL TAP."

Starring:
Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner
Runtime:
1 hour 15 minutes

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Mistaken For Strangers

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Product Details

Genres Music, Documentary, Comedy
Director Tom Berninger
Starring Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner
Supporting actors Bryce Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf, Brandon Reid, Carin Besser, Isla Berninger, Nancy Berninger, Paul Berninger, Barack Obama, Lucas Cotterman, Will Arnett, Tom Berninger, Werner Herzog, John Krasinski
Studio Starz Media
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Great movie for fans of The National, solid movie for people who never heard of them.
MIchael Tipton
It is a very interesting look at life in a rock band and at the relationships of non-celebrity families with their celebrity relatives.
lmorgan72
Because his situation makes you look at the film more closely, you feel what it's like to be in his shoes.
Olga S.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on March 30, 2014
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It should be noted that this is not a documentary about The National. While it contains some good insight to the band itself and some pretty great live performance footage, the main focus is on Matt's brother Tom and his struggle to find his own way. I really enjoyed the film. I'm a huge National fan (you should check them out, if you haven't by now), but even if I wasn't I think I still would have enjoyed it. Tom's struggles are ones that I'm sure a lot of people can connect with.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on March 31, 2014
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This is one of the best, most touching movies I've seen in a long time. Even if you don't like or don't care about The National (maybe even especially if), it's a deeply moving, human film. Yeah, it's about two brothers, and ostensibly about sibling rivalry, but, really, it's a film about being devoted to your craft; overcoming adversity; and working hard at the stuff you're passionate about.

I found that the most touching part of the sibling aspect of the film to be Matt's fundamental belief in his brother's worth, and his willingness to stand by him. It's just a really good movie that I'd recommend to anyone, regardless of their age or taste in music. Just a really wonderful film.
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The film starts off in Prospect Park (shout out to Brooklyn) with Matt Berlinger (Frontman of The National) somewhat scolding his brother, even if somewhat playfully, about being ill-prepared. This sets the tone for the rest of the film.

It's not so much a documentary about The National per se. Rather its a documentary about the tenderness of family, support, being the shadow or brother of someone who's made it into the lime-light. It's also a documentary about the maker of the documentary and about the making of the documentary. This all seems to occur on the sidelines but is giving the starting role. It's all intertwined and a bit dis-organized though does offer an interesting perspective and gives you some monumental inside glimpses of The National. His interviews and even perspectives seem rather self involved. Half the film is about the making of documentary itself and its moments of truth and pitfalls.

A lot of it, like the character (Tom Berlinger, Matt's brother), is hap-hazard and incomplete. You can tell Tom is somewhat of a procrastinator and filled with tremendous self-doubt but he's also creative , comical and driven by passion at times. Further, he's not afraid to expose his vulnerabilities and tender relationships with his family and brother. The closest comparison I would have would be Mikey to Paul Jr on American Choppers. One brother is the Alpha male, who is driven, popular, confident and well-composed while the other is eccentric, artsy, goofy, comical and lacks self-worth. I guess its the classic brother dynamic and its quite evident in this film.

Most of the crew and bandmates treat Tom as if he's not welcomed or as an intruder on the scene. Thus as the viewer, you feel awkward, sympathetic to Tom and unwelcome yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AA on March 31, 2014
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Love this movie! I'm not a huge National fan, just getting to know them, but I loved this movie and the relationship between the two brothers. The whole time you are thinking, come on Tom, get your stuff together. Then you realize...he DID, by making this movie. I think there is something for everyone in this movie between the relationships and the underlying "success" theme and what is viewed as successful.
I'd recommend this too everyone, loved it!
Can't wait to see what happens to Tom and his career.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Movie Dude on March 29, 2014
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I know I did :) I really enjoyed this movie. It was in no rush, I don't think it made any grand points about life necessarily, but it did a nice job of portraying family love and support, and I thought "Tom" was hilarious. Just a sweet guy going around kind of marveling at everything, all the while everyone around him either thinks he's an idiot or inconsequential in some regards. although the band in general do like him. it's hilarious how the crew pretty much hates him. haha!

This is a slow movie, meaning that theres a lot of time in there where you are just sort of soaking things in. It's that kind of comedy. but i laughed through out and i laughed hard. I even like the credits when they roll! hahah. Totally tom!

overall this movie is an "upper".
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I'm a big fan of the band The National and I'd heard the rock doc Mistaken for Strangers was quite good so I watched it the other night. It's not really about the band at all and in fact there is very little footage of live performances in the film. It's really a strangely touching film about two brothers, one successful and the other a loveable slacker. The brothers are Matt and Tom Berninger. Matt, is the lead singer for the indie rock band The National, while Tom lives with his parents, listens to heavy metal and makes slasher and horror films, presumably as a hobby (think Jack Black in almost every movie he's ever been in).

Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie on tour and Tom decides to film the experience. The film may have started out with the intent of being a rock documentary but instead it becomes something more than that. It's a remarkably honest film that examines the complicated relationship of family, the creative process and how we define success.

I'm not going to lie though. As much as I liked this film, I can't help but wonder if it would have killed them to play a little more music (in the background or something). If you aren't familiar with the band I highly recommend their music (start with the album Boxer and move on from there). I recommend the film too, whether you're a fan of the band or not. It's funny, insightful, and poignant.

I suspect Matt's wife played a huge role in helping Tom finish the film. Once you meet him you'll see that there is little hope that he could have pulled this film off without someone to keep him on task and help channel his bizarrely creative mind.
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