Mistaken for Strangers

by Toby Woollaston

Mistaken for Strangers is an odd, yet interesting, documentary that is still settling in my mind. Lead singer of successful indie band The National, Matt Berninger, asks his somewhat aimless younger brother, Tom, to tour with the band as a roadie. Tom does, but takes his camera with him and documents what unexpectedly turns out to be a film about him and his struggles living in the shadow of a successful sibling. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what to make of it, but one thing is for sure; this is certainly not a film about The National. Either Tom is not a particularly skilful film maker, or he is cleverly pulling the wool over my (and arguably his brother’s) eyes. The whole film just seems a little too simplistic and obvious. Yet somehow I get the nagging feeling that there is something bigger afoot going on here. I sense something a tad more intentional than Tom is leading on. He might have the last laugh …we shall see.

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Tonight I see Computer Chess. Will report back tomorrow.

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