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The Queen of Versailles

A documentary about David and Jackie Siegel, a billionaire couple in the process of building their dream house – a 90,000 square foot mansion inspired by the Versailles. However, when the financial crisis hits the US, their life takes a different turn…

The film opens with the extravagant construction of the biggest house in America, a 90,000 square foot mansion that has been inspired by the Versailles. To the backdrop of fairytale music we get to know the Siegel family, time-share mogul David, 74, his wife Jackie, 43, their 8 children, 19 staff and a selection of pets.

However, when the economic crisis of 2008 hits, the construction of their dream home comes to a halt and they are faced with the brutal reality of scraping to make ends (or in their case millions) meet. Taking you on a fascinating journey of one family’s acclimatization to a new financial environment, we see what happens when you have to get used to walking low after you have been living at the top.

Lauren Greenfield has a perfect eye for this riches-to-rags story, carefully handpicking each interviewee separately, to not only show the effect of the crisis on the Siegel family, but also on their friends and relatives, juxtapositioning their fortune with that of their maids and limo driver. A triumph at the Sundance film festival, it won the award for Best Documentary.

USA Flag USA · 2012 · Lauren Greenfield · 100min


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