The Top 10 Movies Of 2012: Katey's List

By Katey Rich 2012-12-17 07:43:42discussion comments
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#8: Queen of Versailles
Director Lauren Greenfield was making a documentary about a Florida family building the country's largest private home when a much bigger story fell into her lap: the 2008 financial crisis. Suddenly that family, timeshare moguls David and Jackie Siegel, were identifying with the 99% as they sold off their private plane, curbed shopping addictions, and eventually defaulted on the mortgage for their own version of Versailles. In telling this tiny, utterly unusual story Greenfield gets at so much of the trauma from the financial crash, and introduces-- with remarkable sympathy-- Jackie, an unbelievably wealthy woman who may very well be just like the rest of us out there suffering.

Best Moment: A Christmas party tries to evoke the wealth the Siegels used to have, with surreal results.
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