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The Queen of Versailles (2012)

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A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

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Credited cast:
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Herself - Real Estate Agent
June Downs ...
Herself - Next Door Neighbor
Phillip Froehlich ...
Himself - Vice President, West Resorts
Marissa Gaspay ...
Herself - Nanny
Jonquil ...
Herself - Niece
Tina Martinez ...
Herself - High School Friend
Virginia Nebab ...
Herself - Nanny
Wendy Ponce ...
Herself - Housekeeper
David Siegel ...
Himself
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Herself (as Jackie Siegel)
Richard Siegel ...
Himself - Son
Victoria Siegel ...
Herself - Daughter
Katie Stam ...
Herself - Miss America
Terry Vaughn ...
Himself - Westgate Employee
Cliff Wright ...
Himself - Limo Driver
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In 2008, the Siegel family was top of the heap with the wealthy and politically influential David Siegel running the successful Westgate Resorts time-share business. To enjoy their good life, he and his engineer turned beauty queen trophy wife, Jackie, were building the largest single family private home in America. Suddenly, both the US economy and Westgate were rocked by the devastating sub-prime mortgage collapse. In the new economic reality with the business teetering on ruin, we follow the Siegels as they struggle to scale down their grotesquely ostentatious lifestyle. For this overprivileged family, accepting that situation proved a dispiriting struggle even as their unfinished dream home became a monument of their superficial values. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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16 August 2014 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

A Rainha de Versalhes  »

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Opening Weekend:

$51,326 (USA) (20 July 2012)

Gross:

$2,401,652 (USA) (16 November 2012)
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David Siegel: Work is my life. I'm 24/7. I don't know any other way to do it. I'm a victim of my own success... or failures.
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A completely revolting couple
8 August 2012 | by (Pasadena CA) – See all my reviews

I knew the back story to "Queen of Versailles" before I saw it, but I wasn't prepared for the extreme revulsion I felt for these characters, particularly David Segal. These folks are poster children for the worst extremes of our materialistic, narcissistic culture. Their values are money, ostentation, self-aggrandizement, acquisition and mindless hedonism. They are venomous leeches on society.

Yet I felt pity for them as well, particularly Jackie. She's something of an enigma. She boasts about getting an engineering degree so she wouldn't have to work as someone's assistant, yet she mostly devotes herself to keeping young-looking and voluptuous (those breasts of hers deserve some sort of special effects award) so she can snag and keep a rich hubby. As her world starts to fall apart around her, she begins to have some insights about what life is really about (not building the world's biggest house), yet still can't abandon her out-of-control shopping sprees or torturous visits to the beauty clinic.

The children, also, seem to be far more aware than their parents of the emptiness and ridiculousness of their lifestyle.

Fortunately, I saw very little of myself in this abhorrent couple, but I did see some similarities to friends and family. Everyone is susceptible to greed and an inflated sense of self. This film shows what happens when that proceeds unchecked and fueled by obscene wealth.


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