I know what you’re probably thinking, but no, this is not a period drama or a historical film of any kind. The Queen of Versailles is a documentary about what it’s like to live a life of luxury buoyed by a billionaire husband, and what happens when the faltering economy brings you back down to reality. It was a hit at Sundance earlier this year where director Lauren Greenfield (Thin) won the jury prize for Best Director, and it has already spawned a lawsuit from one of the subjects… so it’s gotta be good, right?
The film follows David Siegel, a timeshare mogul who amassed a fortune through his company Westgate Resorts Ltd. He and his former beauty queen wife, Jacqueline, set out on a quest to build the biggest house in America, a 90,000-square-foot dream house modeled after Versailles. Unfortunately, when the real estate bubble bursts, they find themselves at odds with each other and their lifestyle. The movie seems to offer the comedic appeal of a reality show like The Real Housewives but also a timely commentary on the American Dream. The Queen of Versailles hits select theatres on July 20th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.