|With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, The Queen of Versailles follows billionaires Jackie and Davidís 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.
"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
"JAW-DROPPING, FRIGHTENINGLY HILARIOUS."
-Lou Lumenick, NY Post
"EXCELLENT AND UNEXPECTEDLY NUANCED."
-Sheri Linden, LA Times
"DELICIOUSLY APPALLING. Their lives take on a surreal, and eerily fascinating, squalor."
-Joe Morgenstern, Wall St. Journal