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Movie review: ‘Mistaken for Strangers,’ a rock doc centered on The National, tells touching story of sibling rivalry
First Published Mar 27 2014 04:00 pm • Last Updated Mar 31 2014 03:22 pm

The rock documentary "Mistaken for Strangers" is light on music, but it is an absorbing inside look at fame and sibling rivalry.

In 2010, the indie-rock band The National was set to embark on its first world tour, and lead singer Matt Berninger asked his brother Tom, nine years his junior and a metal-loving schlub, to come along and work on the crew. Tom, who has some filmmaking aspirations, decided to shoot video of the tour exploits — sometimes at the expense of his backstage job.

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‘Mistaken for Strangers’

Opens Friday, March 28, at the Tower Theatre; not rated, but probably R for language and drinking; 75 minutes.

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The resulting film, which Tom directed, features concert footage of The National, but the main focus is on the Berninger brothers: Matt, dealing with his new life as a rock star, and Tom, confronting years of self-sabotage and being in his older brother’s shadow.

The happy irony of the movie is that it’s more likely to make you a fan of The National than a straightforward concert film would have.

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