The "succulently entertaining movie" premieres April 29th.

Mar 18, 2013 - The Dish0


While The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills romp around France, a little bit of France is coming back to The States: the 2012 Sundance sensation The Queen of Versailles will make its television premiere Monday, April 29th at 9 EST/PST on Bravo.

For those not familiar with the film, The Queen of Versailles traces the lives of billionaires Jackie and David Siegel who have made their fortune from their Westgate Resorts time-share business in Florida. The film begins as they embark on the construction of what was to be the largest home in America -- a 90,000 square foot dream home complete with 10 kitchens, a bowling alley, a 6,000-square-foot master suite, two tennis courts, a roller rink and more — modeled after France’s palace of Versailles as the ultimate dream home for former model Jackie, her husband and their eight children. But the one thing that their blue prints did not plan for was the devastating financial crisis as their extravagant plans are put on hold as a result of the economic collapse. The film captures the strain on the Siegel’s lifestyle, family life and marriage as Jackie tries to hold fast to their dreams while David's time-share empire confronts a massive credit crunch. 

In addition to winning the Best Director prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the film also captured a Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. 
Watch the trailer, and let us know if you'll be tuning in to this "succulently entertaining movie" (Entertainment Weekly's words, nor ours) in the Comments section below:

19 comments
eboney619
eboney619

I really enjoyed them ii think bravo should give them the green light for a show 

 

Sparky23
Sparky23

Wow i sure wont watch a reality show of there in..I have nothing against having money but this guy is a piece of work!..What a delusional family and the poor kids..Very sad.

 

Oh and Mr Siegal said he single handedly got bush elected AND it was illegal..What the heck does that mean??..There was a big fiasco with the ballots that i remember,sounds like he was involved?...Ballot tampering maybe?

Star1234
Star1234

The unfed pets, the woman who thought rental cars came with drivers, the scary implants thrusting all over the place, the poop, the greedhead hubs (really--the banks made you do it? You were selling some sucker 3 days every five yrs for $8900 and the bank was the bad guy?), the poor nannies, OMG, this was rich! Please don't make it a show--it's perfect as it is. I understand the greedhead dumped the LV thing and is now riding high again. Well, everyone dies. And you will be no exception, bud. How about putting the million you scared up toward the kids' education--so maybe they can do something that does benefit the world? As for that house, you could turn it into a nonprofit museum if you had any taste in art.

 

mystic1
mystic1

These people are what is wrong with this country and they epitomize what is destroying our

planet.  All they do is spend, take way more than their share of resources,  and they do little

to nothing to contribute to society.   And I understand that their financial problems are over, so

instead of having an attitude of humility and of lessons learned, they are back to building that monstrosity of a house and shopping as usual.  How disgusting.  

LisaG1109
LisaG1109

Oh my God! I have not posted on this in, wel I don't know that I ever have. But I do know that I have never seen such a display of denial, denial, ignorance, child abuse, arrogance, denial, child abuse, stupidity, and did I mention denial?! That man is so arrogant , ie . everybody near me is better off for me. Well, he just admitted his greed, but didn't want to totally own it! I would have loved to she them accept the 50,000 sq. ft downsize and take care of those children. That man truly believed his pecker is what sealed the deal and had a shocking reality check that it was his wallet! P.S. I LOVE all the RH shows, but if BRAVO does one one these people I will not watch any of the shows due to their tolerance of child abuse.

LisaG1109
LisaG1109

PLEASE do NOT do a reality show on these people. They're not bad, but they're delusional in a non-entertaining way. Anyone who has had what they have had, and as she said "I only wanted one child. Then I found out there were nannies." I will NOT watch something that will further the child abuse I have seen! They are good people but truly deliussionsal! Once again I think that the children need to be removed from the household until some parenting issues are resolved,

LisaG1109
LisaG1109

Your pocket book can change on a dime, but...I saw a literal cesspool ! I've had and not had. I would NEVER allow my children to live like that. Social Services needs to get involved because the children's best interests are not being met!

socialbutterfly908
socialbutterfly908

I don't blame David Seigal. The producer painted the Seigal's in a very bad light. The poor maids wanting to get out and move back to the Philipines was sad. The son who said, his dad was a millionaire, but never supported them when they were kids. Maybe his dad did, but their mom spent all the money? That happens all the time. I find David to be a very interesting man. He should take note of all his kids. His oldest daughter with Jackie may look like Jackie, but is smart just like her dad. David needs to set up a college fund for that kid. Remember grades and smart people don't always come hand in hand. If her grades slipped up a bit. It was understandable. The fact she was taking time to cook for her family said a lot. I hope that kid gets a chance. The stuffed dogs was weird. I related to the lizard thing, my sons lizard died the same way. I guarantee they weren't walking around in dog poop all day. Has anyone ever watched 'The Osbornes?' Ozzy was constantly dealing with poo and they had a full staff.

Pottymo13
Pottymo13

This movie also highlighted the fact.....and Wallstreet should pay attention....its the bottom 47% of this nation that provides the grease that keeps the wheels turning and without us......we all fail.

believer70
believer70

I only saw the last 25 mins of the show, but it was so depressing.

elzbethfay
elzbethfay

Are you serious... 1 hour into this show and they are showing a dead lizard and fish they couldn't feed. Why in the hell do people get pets they cant feed? The dogs they do have are shitting all over the house. What is wrong with these people?

Realexpression
Realexpression

Films don't win Best Directing prize at Sundance, nor do they get DGA nomination for Best Director....Only *people* get Best Directing awards or nominations.  In both of these cases, the director in question is the awarding-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield.

terra85
terra85

I've seen this documentary--one of the best I've seen in a long time! It's very reminiscent of the Housewives x 1000...& the downfall is one heck of an epic slide down a steep slope!

fayemarie7399
fayemarie7399

These people make me sick - they sent a letter threatening to lay off their employees if Obama got elected . They claimed they wouldn't be able to afford them - but they can afford the largest home in America ????  There is a special place in HELL for greedy assholes like this . 

courtcalen
courtcalen

Please Bravo give this family a reality show!  They are so over the top and fun to watch! 

naomi.alvarado.5095
naomi.alvarado.5095

This movie is EPIC!!!!!! Kudos to Bravo for airing it. It paints a crystal clear picture of what happens when people live outside their means and are as arrogant as this family. Those morons deserve the situation they are in but I feel for their children and former employees that are paying the price of their idiocy. I hope all Bravo fans tune in for this.

judy@london
judy@london

Umm,who needs TEN kitchens and THIRTY bathrooms?! But then,they seem like a cute,likable couple so,yeah,I'll be watching that movie.

avery54
avery54

 @judy@london

 by "kitchens", they mean the counter with a sink and small fridge that the suites, family room, basement, and maids quarters have.  My bedroom and basement have something similar, I just call it a "bar" and not a "kitchen", I guess I'll go around saying I have 3 kitchens in my home.

 

I thought this was a great movie, I hope they have a reality show, it would be awesome.  I think they are a real likeable couple, too, I don't understand all the criticism.  Having a few carts at Walmart during Christmas when you have 8 kids is hardly greed, I saw that as an indication of how flexible and down to earth she was.  I would have more kids, too if I could have nannies, I don't know why that's child abuse, its just logistics.  She is still very involved and drives them to school and goes to their games, but if there is 4 different games on one evening, you're going to need some help. I liked the Dad as well, sure he was grumpy at times, but so would my husband be if we were losing millions of dollars.

 

Loved it!  I would tune in for a reality show.