The Queen of Versailles

Directed by Lauren Greenfield - Sundance Film Festival U.S. Directing Award: Documentary - Available on DVD and Blu-ray™

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"MASTERFUL. A WICKEDLY FUNNY ALLEGORY ABOUT THE AMERICAN DREAM..."

-THE HUFFINGTON POST

"JAW-DROPPING, FRIGHTENINGLY HILARIOUS"

-NY POST

"GRADE A. SUCCULENTLY ENTERTAINING"

-Entertainment Weekly

"FOUR STARS. COMPULSIVELY WATCHABLE"

-NY Daily News

"3.5 Stars. Beautifully constructed and frequently uproarious."

-STAR TRIBUNE

"GRADE A! SUCCULENTLY ENTERTAINING. The next big documentary-as-cultural touchstone."

-Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"A SPRAWLING, RICHLY DETAILED STUDY OF AMBITION, DESIRE AND THE WILD SWINGS OF FORTUNE. A gaudy guilty pleasure that is also a piece of trenchant social criticism. If this film is a portrait, it is also a mirror."

-A.O. Scott, NY Times

"**** SPELLBINDING. ATTENTION MUST BE PAID. An appalling, absorbing and improbably affecting portrait."

-Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"EXCELLENT AND UNEXPECTEDLY NUANCED."

-Sheri Linden, LA Times

"***** STARTLINGLY CANDID. Through a clear lens unclouded by politics or blame, it offers insight into the hazardous American practice of living beyond our means."

-Amy Biancolli, SF Chronicle

"JAW-DROPPING. EYE-OPENING. A FILMMAKING COUP. It combines the soul-revealing artistry of great portraiture and the head-shaking revelations of solid investigative reporting."

-Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"THERE'S MORE GOING ON HERE THAN CLASSIC DERISION. It prompts us to think hard about what, exactly, we believe we’re entitled to."

-Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"Hilarious and upsetting. Like a Theodore Dreiser novel for our time, infused with the vivid, vulgar spirit of reality TV. It’s often laugh-out-loud funny, but also has elements of profound tragedy and allegory."

-Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

"DELICIOUSLY APPALLING. Their lives take on a surreal, and eerily fascinating, squalor."

-Joe Morgenstern, Wall St. Journal

"FASCINATING. Director Greenfield has crafted a rather brilliant metaphor for the runaway American dream."

-Claudia Puig, USA Today

"A brilliant metaphor for everything screwed up about the U.S. economy and the culture that shaped it."

-David Edelstein, New York

"RIVETING."

-Whitney Matheson, USA Today

"JAW-DROPPING, FRIGHTENINGLY HILARIOUS."

-Lou Lumenick, NY Post

"**** COMPULSIVELY WATCHABLE."

-Elizabeth Weitzman, NY Daily News

"IRRESISTABLE."

-Leah Rozen, The Wrap

"YOU COULDN'T INVENT A BETTER METAPHOR FOR AMERICA’S ECONOMIC INSANITY."

-Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix

"FASCINATING. What ultimately makes the film so intriguing is Jackie herself."

-Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper

"UNEXPECTEDLY MOVING."

-Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly

"OBSCENELY ENTERTAINING."

-Dennis Harvey, SF Bay Guardian

"Hilarious, infuriating, timely and involving. A barbed comedy of manners; an emotionally acute portrait of a marriage and family on the verge of collapse. Regards its all-too-vilifiable subjects with a complexity that should impress viewers of all economic and political persuasions."

-Justin Chang, Variety

"GRIPPING. A minutely observed implosion of the American Dream, packed with pathos over a predicament not commonly associated with the nation’s reviled 1 percent: losing everything because of the shaky economy."

-Chris Lee, The Daily Beast

"The perfect lens through which to view the bursting of the country’s economic bubble."

-Jeremy Matthews, Paste

"MASTERFUL. A wickedly funny allegory about the American dream, greed, and privilege, the film is packed with quotable one-liners and is entertaining and engrossing throughout."

-Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, The Huffington Post

"A sad, funny film, full of the wonder of opulence and the shock of decay."

-Noel Murray, Onion AV Club

"Greenfield’s vision of a strain of nouveau riche both made and broken by imaginary economics stays with you: it's the wake-up call her subjects deserve."

-Karina Longworth, LA Weekly

"An oddly spellbinding, must-see documentary. A portrait of American cluelessness by way of absurd financial irresponsibility, and a cautionary tale about the cost of living an unexamined life."

-Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere

"Fascinating. A revenge fantasy for the 99 percent."

-Daniel Fienberg, Hitfix

"Hilarious – I was captivated. An equal-parts moving and funny post-recession commentary on the American Dream."

-Christie Ko, ScreenCrave

"A compassionate film that still packs a punch."

-Amanda Mae Meyncke, Film.com

About The Film

The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the largest privately-owned house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff.

Cast & Crew

Cast:
Jackie Siegel
David Siegel

Directed by:
Lauren Greenfield

PG - for thematic elements and language.
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