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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.Written by
Best Documentary Award Winner - Manhattan Film Festival 2015 Best Director Award Winner - Yaniv Rokah - St. Tropez Film Festival 2015 Best Producer Award nominee - Elliot Kotek - St. Tropez Film Festival 2015 Best Editor Award nominee - Ally Garrett - St. Tropez Film Festival 2015 Closing Night Selection - Manhattan Film Festival 2015 Closing Night Selection - SF Docfest 2015 See more »
Queen Mimi is the best Documtary I've seen in years
I was looking through Netflix one evening wanting to find a good documentary and I certainly did when I chose this gem. It's warm, uplifting, funny, and delivers on every level possible. This documentary just goes to show you no matter what situation your in you can get through it whether it's in a month or 40 years. It also goes to show that no matter who you are and what you've been through somebody in this world loves you just like everyone loves Mimi. I firmly believe what Mimi says which is yesterday is in the past so leave it there. I wish i lived closer to Mimi just so I could meet but if you ever see this mimi just know that someone over here in Tampa, FL loves you too.
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