In 2007 Lauren Greenfield began documenting the building of what was to become the largest single-family house in all of North America, being built for billionaire David Siegel and his wife Jackie. Unfortunately they were hit hard by the economic crisis, changing the circumstances for both the Siegels and for director Greenfield’s planned documentary. Instead it became a film about a family in transition.

As if inspired by some premonition of what was to come, the new home is designed after Versailles. The “queen” of David Siegel’s declining time-share empire continues shopping as oblivious to their financial situation as Marie Antoinette during the French revolution. Big changes are required and economic thumbscrews are tightened. But to David’s immense frustration, his wife Jackie simply can not stop spending.

Regardless of how you feel about grotesque wealth and income gaps, anybody can appreciate this both hilarious and emotionally engaging film, about a once-rich family trying to adapt to their new conditions.

William O’brien

The Queen of Versailles poster
Title
The Queen of Versailles
Director
Lauren Greenfield
Country
USA
Length
100 min
Festival
2012
Section
Documania
Language
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2012
Cast
Virginia Nebab, David Siegel and Jaqueline Siegel
Producer
Lauren Greenfield, Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Frank Evers
Script
n/a
Music
Jeff Beal

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