Mistaken for Strangers (film)

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Mistaken for Strangers
Directed by Tom Berninger
Produced by Matt Berninger
Carin Besser
Craig Charland
Starring The National
Music by The National
Release date
  • 2013 (2013)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Mistaken for Strangers is a 2013 documentary film featuring the American indie rock band The National. The film is directed by Tom Berninger, brother of lead singer Matt Berninger, and premiered 17 April 2013 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.


When The National goes on tour in 2010, singer Matt Berninger invites his younger brother Tom to tour with them as part of the crew. Tom aspires to be a filmmaker and documents The National being on tour, as well as the process of himself making a film about his successful older brother.

Critical reception[edit]

Mistaken for Strangers was well received and holds a 91% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 58 reviews. The Critics Consensus reads: "a suitably complicated look at fraternal bonds, Mistaken for Strangers offers more depth and insight than the usual tour documentary". Jillian Mapes in her review for Pitchfork Media wrote "what may be the funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap".[1] Ann Hornaday in her review for The Washington Post described it as "a funny, eccentric and finally deeply poignant depiction of art, family, self-sabotage and the prickly intricacies of brotherly love."[2]


  1. ^ Mapes, Jillian (18 April 2013). "Review: The National Film Mistaken for Strangers". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Hornaday, Ann (10 April 2014). "'Mistaken for Strangers' Movie Review". The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 

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