SOME KIND OF HEAVEN
Set at America’s largest retirement community, this sensitive, surprising doc follows four residents for whom this ‘Disneyland for seniors’ isn’t the fairytale they’d imagined.
Nestled in sunshine-drenched central Florida, The Villages is not your typical retirement community. With over 50,000 residents, it’s touted as the world’s largest senior living facility, boasting a seemingly infinite array of activities – from synchronized swimming and belly-dancing to a boozy Jimmy Buffet fan club — for folks determined to get the most out of their twilight years. In his feature debut, director Lance Oppenheim turns a bemused eye on the over-the-top extravagance of this unusual place, but also goes deeper to explore the nuanced relationship of four individuals for whom life at The Villages offers a mixed bag of pleasure and disappointment. 47 years into their marriage, eccentric Reggie and level-headed Anne face a crisis that threatens to undo their decades-long partnership. Recently widowed and stranded alone in The Villages, Barbara cautiously but optimistically wades back into the dating pool. Living out of a van on the grounds, Dennis is a smooth-talking ladies’ man whose charming demeanor belies tragic circumstances. Sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous, and always deeply perceptive, SOME KIND OF HEAVEN is a portrait of getting older that’s unlike anything cinema has given us before.
In Competition: Documentary Feature Award
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