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The Queen of Versailles

Lauren Greenfield (2012)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This engrossing documentary charts the rise (and fall, though the term is relative) of US property magnate David Siegel and his wife, Jackie, the "Queen" of the title, as their plans to build the largest, most palatial private home in the country (90,000 square feet) come crashing down around them. Having made billions from his timeshare business, David is hit by the 2008 economic crisis: he is forced to lay off thousands of staff and halt the construction of their outrageous home; meanwhile, the irrepressible Jackie continues to spend. Director Lauren Greenfield followed the couple and their eight children for three years and her patience is rewarded here, as a tale of obscene wealth and lavish living becomes a perceptive study of the downside of the American Dream. David becomes more troubled and insular as time goes on, withdrawing from family life, but former beauty queen (and qualified engineer) Jackie is the true focus of a film that's in turn hilarious and heartbreaking.


Documentary about a family whose ambitions to build the biggest home in America were hit by the economic crisis. Cameras follow billionaire David Siegel, his former beauty queen wife Jackie and their eight children as they struggle to save an ailing time-share business and finish building their dream house - a 90,000sq-ft mansion, modelled on the Palace of Versailles, complete with 30 bathrooms, 10 kitchens, a sushi bar, skating rink, baseball park and ballroom.

Cast & Crew

Director Lauren Greenfield

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: DogwoofGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVDReleased on: 7 Sep 2012