A Floridian garden of earthly delights and its discontents, Some Kind of Heaven explores life inside the manicured lawns and meticulously crafted suburban bliss offered by The Villages, the self-described “Disneyworld for Retirees.” Every day is supposed to be a good one for the 120,000+ senior citizens of The Villages: Whether residents are interested in synchronized swimming or cheerleading, tai chi or golf cart parades, this vast community of retirees offers a utopian vision of a (retired) American Dream: wide, safe streets, picture-perfect landscaping, and countless activities all in service of their residents’ golden years.
While most residents have bought into the community’s blissful optimism, we meet a small group of residents – a married couple, a widow, and a bachelor – living on the margins of the marketing fantasy, struggling to find footing inside the dream. Told together, their stories gently prick at The Villages’ consumerist promise and underscore how decamping in a fantasyland like The Villages can’t actually keep life’s obstacles at a distance. With composed cinematography, this candy-colored documentary offers a tender and surreal look at the never-ending quest for finding meaning and love in life’s final act. In English. Not Rated. Director: Lance Oppenheim (US 2020) 83 min.
Available with Closed Caption.
INCLUDED WITH THIS FILM is a special pre-recorded conversation with director Lance Oppenheim and several Some Kinda Heaven film subjects