Last night, some friends and I watched “Mistaken for Strangers.” It was made by the younger brother of the National’s lead singer, Matt Berninger, who filmed it all while on tour with the band. While much of the film does look at the band as it tours, it was also a way for Tom Berninger to figure out what direction he wanted his life to go as a filmmaker. I laughed when he asked the band members questions they clearly weren’t prepared for (“do you take your wallet onstage when you perform?” or “what do you really think of my brother?”) and came close to tears when he confessed his insecurities to the camera. Whether you love the National or not, it’s worth checking out.
You can buy the movie here for online streaming.