Mimino (Мимино in Russian and მიმინო in Georgian) is a 1977 Soviet tragicomedy directed by Georgiy Daneliya. The film tells the story of a provincial pilot, Mimino, who dreams to be an international pilot after meeting a beautiful stewardess.
In order to meet again with the beautiful stewardess, he moves from his small Georgian town to Moscow to pursue his dream. Soon after he arrives, he meets an Armenian trucker in his hotel, and the two of them have wild times in Moscow together. Their times together end in disaster, though, and Mimino ends up getting in trouble with the police. All the same, he does eventually become a pilot for a big international jetliner.
However, deep down, Mimino misses home. He misses his family and friends. And he misses the mountains of Georgia. Eventually, he decides to leave behind his former big city dreams and move back home.
The movie resonates deeply with many people across the former Soviet Union, not least Georgians. For many people who used to live and today live in the former Soviet Union, there is often a common dream to move to Moscow to seek one’s fortune. Of course, many people end up feeling homesick and lost. Mimino captures this feeling beautifully. Evidence for this is are monuments to the movie’s main characters in Tbilisi, Georgia, and Dilijan, Armenia.
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