I haven’t had the chance to see any of Vladimir Mirzoev’s work until his recent drama, “Eyo zvali Mumu” [Eng. Title: They Called Her Mumu]. The only reason I came upon this one was because it was shared on Vimeo recently.
But since I had to watch it without subtitles, the significance (or otherwise) of the film completely evaded me, so I’ll restrict my observations to the barest of details, and of course, the rather liberally sprinkled scenes of nudity. The offbeat film is supposedly based on a real-life social media personality who went by the name of Katya Mumu. In the film, Mumu (Irina Vilkova) is employed ‘informally’ by the Russian secret services for an undercover operation to discredit some prominent political opposition figures.
Mumu seduces and has affairs with their subjects with the intent of exposing and defaming them through social media, apparently with tacit approval even from her family members. But the freedom-loving rebel inside her resurfaces after a while, and she tries to break free from her employers’s diktats. The film ends with her running away after starting a fire in her apartment. The film is well-produced even with a low-budget, has a cool soundtrack, and is also humorous in places. Perhaps the film should be Recommended Viewing – for those who could follow Russian.
The Nudity: Irina Vilkova and Irina Butanaeva
There are at least six scenes that feature nudity from Irina Vilkova who plays the central character ‘Mumu’ – some of which are also funny in a very ‘Russian’ way. Irina Butanaeva plays a maid/assistant and appears partially nude during a scene with one of Mumu’s ‘boyfriends’.