[It's] a hilarious and heartwarming documentary from Tom Berninger, younger brother of the National's lead singer Matt Berninger. Tom, an amateur filmmaker who still lives with mom and dad, is enlisted to join the National's tour as a roadie. He brings his camera along, intending to make the definitive backstage tour documentary—but most of what he captures is his own failure to fulfill the simple tasks assigned to him. While the younger Berninger's initial buffoonery is roll-on-the-floor hilarious, watching him mature on film and deal with sibling rivalry turns Mistaken for Strangers into something far better than another rock 'n' roll road doc. The result is a thoughtful, transformative, honest, immensely loveable movie.While I am a fan of the National (and I was slow and reluctant about it, but good god, have you heard "Mr. November" and "I Need My Girl"?), I don't think you need to like the band at all to like this movie. There's barely any National music in it, for starters. And it's more about brothers and family and growing up and sibling rivalry and failing to live up to expectations and, you know, real shit than it is a glitzy rock-doc. Tom Berninger (
Mistaken for Strangers
(introduced by director Tom Berninger), Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Sat Oct 19, 7 pm, $9
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