Queen Mimi (2015)

Queen Mimi (2015)
7.2
  • 560
  • TV-PG
  • Genre: Biography
  • Release year: 2015 ()
  • Running time: 75 min
  • Original Title: Queen Mimi
  • Voted: 560

When you feel like a queen, even a laundromat can be a palace. Marie "Mimi" Haist defied her adulterous husband and moved onto the streets in her 50s, living in parking lots and doorways until finding her "home" one stormy night between rows of washers in a Californian laundromat. Encouraged to stay by a more than generous laundry owner, Mimi's 'the past is the past' philosophy endeared her to regular fluff and fold clients and, after more than 20 years, Mimi has made some unlikely friends, ranging from local loves to Hollywood A-listers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger. Filmed over 5 years by barista/actor/director Yaniv Rokah while he worked at a cafe across the street, Queen Mimi is the story of an unlikely hero. Now 89, Mimi reminds us to never give in and never give up, and that if you ever find yourself in the gutter, to never stop looking at the stars.

#PersonCharacters
  • Touching & Uplifting by 9

    A moving documentary about the secret life of a local homeless woman, filmed with humanity and genuine curiosity. Rokah shows us that everybody has a story and is much more than who they appear to be. That is the lasting lesson from this film. To pay attention to the humanity of those around us because you never know. Of course Mimi herself is such an inspiration, what a feisty lady! The heart of this film is really golden and memorable. Especially in America, where homelessness is a huge problem, and so many of us step right over or past a homeless person but in Queen Mimi, Rokah patiently and over a long period of time, by interviewing those all around Mimi and Mimi herself, teases out the life of this woman with a goal of revealing the life behind this feisty local homeless woman to show us a woman who has transcended some real hardship. We need more films by Rokah.

  • I Love You, Queen Mimi! by 10

    I happened to come across this documentary on Netflix a couple of hours ago & I am so very happy that I did! I enjoyed every second of the documentary & strongly recommend it to others, I hated to see it end! Considering I live completely across the United States from Mimi, I know I will never have the opportunity to meet this very special Lady in person, but I certainly would love to! I am grateful that I did get to see this documentary & learn of this incredible Woman's amazing journey!!! Although I'm quite sure there are things in her past that she is leaving in the past, probably to protect others from hurt & pain. I love her attitude, the past is over, it's gone, leave it there! I am grateful that she has been reunited with her daughter after so many years & has had the opportunity to meet her grandchildren. May God continue to Bless you Mimi as you enrich so many lives!

  • Always forward, never back. by 10

    I saw this whilst browsing for the evening's entertainment and immediately knew I wanted to know more about this lady. An 89 year old who loves pink? Are you kidding me? I just had to watch it! It turned out to be so much more as the story unfolded. A story about how an at times out of control life can unfold if one just adopts the right attitude. We can't always control the circumstances of life, but choosing the right attitude is the one thing and perhaps the most important thing we do have control over. Mimi has gotten to 89 years of age having lived a pretty hard life by most people's standards and the above is always worth being reminded of. Thank you Mimi for sharing your story and Yaniv for making it possible.I wish you both a long and happy life.

  • Queen Mimi delivers on just about every single level imaginable. A must see. by 10

    A couple of months ago I watched the trailer for a documentary by the name of Queen Mimi but never heard any more about it. As I was browsing through documentaries on Netflix, looking for something to watch, I saw it listed there. I'm not sure how or why these things sneak out but I was excited it was available and had to watch. I'm completely blown away by the entire thing. The film focuses on an elderly woman who lives in a laundromat on Montana Ave in Santa Monica, California. The entire community embraces and loves her and tries to take her under their wing. She's feisty, humorous and full of life. She'd rather spend her time dancing than contemplating her past. The director, Yaniv Rokah, did a fantastic job of getting to know Mimi and allowing us a front row seat to the experience. We learn about the troubled life she left behind and the celebrity friends she met along the way who ensured her future would not be faced with the same hardships she had to deal with in the past. I laughed, teared up and overall just felt such a complete sense of joy with a smile on my face. I'm sure I'll never have the opportunity to meet Mimi but I'm so glad I got to know her through this. What a wonderful lady.

  • Dance Party Not a Pity Party by 10

    You instantly fall in love with Mimi. No matter what you think at first from looking at her, the stigmas you may have; you just love her.

    The more you watch, learning about her hardships, the more you just adore this woman. Her dancing... Her laughter. Every day a smile. Her pure sass and love of life.

    You end up, wondering why you have been having a pity party in your own world, instead of a dance party like Queen Mimi.

    She puts a lot into perspective. Great movie.

#PersonCrew
1Andrew Foxcinematographer
2Ron Passarocomposer
3Yaniv Rokahdirector
4Ally Garretteditor
5Elliot V. Kotekproducer
6Amy Boatwrightself
7Rita Branchself
8Stan Foxself
9Zach Galifianakisself