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The Queen of Versailles (2012)

The Queen of Versailles

Overview


Genre

Documentary

Release Date

July 20, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG

Duration

100 min.

Studio

Magnolia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Lauren Greenfield

Producer

Lauren Greenfield, Mette Heide, Danielle Renfrew

Starring

  • David Siegel
  • Jackie Siegel

Story


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.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..often hilarious, mostly infuriating..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]
“..a succulently entertaining movie that invites you to splash around in the dreams and follies of folks so rich they're the 1 percent of the 1 percent. It's like a champagne bath laced with arsenic..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..infused with the vivid, vulgar spirit of reality TV. It often had the sold-out Eccles Center howling, but also has elements of profound tragedy and allegory..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]