Wednesday, April 24, 2013
1834 - The Queen of Versailles
Wanted to see this last year at Hot Docs, but it was madness trying to get a ticket. If you don't know, this is about rich people having to deal with the fact that they're probably not going to be rich anymore. A timeshare company gets screwed over when the american banking system collapses and suddenly the plans for his $100M home fall apart. Poor man. And yet his wife continues to live as though they're making fistfulls of cash. They have to lay off half of their serving staff. When she goes to rent a car she asks what the name of her driver will be. It's very entertaining in that regard, but sad as shit when you realize how disconnected this people and their family is. They don't really even seem to like each other. The mother claims she had seven kids because it was fun to have kids, but if she ever thought she'd have to raise them without nannies she probably would have stopped at two.
This is a tough documentary because it's not really about the economy in any meaningful way so much as it is watching the train wreck of this white trash family, who just happened to get rich, and now they're not quite as rich. It's hard to really connect and care about them at all.
I liked it enough and glad I checked it out, but it's hard to give it a solid recommendation. Casual documentary lovers will probably enjoy, but those looking for something hard hitting and emotion - keep looking.