The Queen of Versailles (Lauren Greenfield – 2012) B+

I believe the initial intention of this documentary was to chronicle how the Siegel family (filthy rich timeshare tycoon Dave Siegel and his wife Jaqueline) were building the largest single family home in the US, modeled after Versailles no less. Not particularly interesting so far. However, 2008 happened and the market crashed. All of a sudden the documentary became about the struggle of these people to maintain a certain lifestyle while their business is in deep trouble and the banks are threatening foreclosure. That coupled with Jaqueline’s oblivious nature as she manages her daily life and her 7 kids as if very little has changed makes for a very interesting documentary.

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