The Queen of Versailles
Lauren Greenfield, US Directing Award: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival Awards
A film by Lauren Greenfield
Starring Jackie Siegel and David Siegel
A documentary that follows a billionaire couple who live in a 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles, built on the success of the time-share industry.
With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, The Queen of Versailles follows billionaires Jackie and David’s rags-to-riches story to uncover the innate virtues and flaws of the American dream.
We open on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America, a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles. Since a booming time-share business built on the real-estate bubble is financing it, the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and seals the fate of its owners. We witness the impact of this turn of fortune over the next two years in a riveting film fraught with delusion, denial, and self-effacing humor.
A sad, funny film, full of the wonder of opulence and the shock of decay.
—Noel Murray, The Onion
Hilarious and upsetting. Like a Theodore Dreiser novel for our time, infused with the vivid, vulgar spirit of reality TV. Laugh-out-loud funny, with elements of profound tragedy and allegory.
—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com
- Production Year
- Countries of Production
- USA, Netherlands
- Running Time
- 100 mins