Generation WealthLauren Greenfield
What is it like to grow up extremely rich? Documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, who grew up in a very privileged family, revisits her equally well-off childhood friends and classmates, wondering whether money really does buy happiness.
A billionaire has been voted president and everyone wants to keep up with the Kardashians. Where does our fascination with the rich and famous come from? After mercilessly revealing the exuberant building plans of one megalomaniac billionaire couple in The Queen of Versailles, Lauren Greenfield now aims her camera at obscene wealth in general. She has been photographing rich teenagers for decades and knows their shortcomings and problems through and through. She remains attracted to their lifestyle, even neglecting her own family as a result. Generation Wealth is both a career overview and a wake-up call. After all, as is said early in the film, ominously: "Societies collect the most wealth when they are facing destruction."
Mankind has never been richer, as Greenfield shows by featuring the most diverse characters. In addition to her personal confessions, ex-pornstars pour their hearts out, while exiled hedge fund investors dream of a return to the US, where golden toilet seats await. As a viewer you laugh at the eccentricity, but you also catch yourself feeling a hint of jealousy.
Directed by Lauren Greenfield
Victor Livingston, Dan Marks, Aaron Wickenden