Forced onto the streets in her 50s, Marie found "home" at a Santa Monica laundromat. Taking shelter there for 20 years, Mimi's passion for pink, and living without looking back, has taken her from homelessness to Hollywood's red carpets.


Yaniv Rokah


Yaniv Rokah
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Credited cast:
Zach Galifianakis ... Self
Renée Zellweger ... Self
Yaniv Rokah ... Self
Graham McTavish ... Self
Marie 'Mimi' Haist ... Self - Mimi
Stan Fox Stan Fox ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amy Boatwright ... Self
Rita Branch Rita Branch ... Self
Richard Martini Richard Martini ... Self


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 Anonymous

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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 »


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Worth the watch!
9 August 2017 | by cineybuddySee all my reviews

Wasn't sure.. but watched her movie and I just love her! I'm even friends with her on Facebook.. she is truly a wonderful person who lives one day at a time. If we all could be 1/10 of the person she is, oh what a wonderful world it would be! I also appreciate all who have been there for her Zach and the man who owned the laundry mat and any one else who took the time to find out how really wonderful she is...loved the movie ( Very Well Done!). I'd give it a 10 star if I could? Thanks to Mimi for letting us get to know here and for all that helped make a really good story!

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Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA


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$80,000 (estimated)
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