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Some Kind of Heaven

Behind the gates of a palm tree-lined fantasyland, four residents of America's largest retirement community, The Villages, FL, strive to find solace and meaning.Behind the gates of a palm tree-lined fantasyland, four residents of America's largest retirement community, The Villages, FL, strive to find solace and meaning.
(NR, 81 min.)


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With Some Kind of Heaven, first-time feature director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, Some Kind of Heaven invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages residents – and one interloper – who are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise. With strikingly 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. [Magnolia Pictures]

Director: Lance Oppenheim
Genre(s): Documentary

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"Those nostalgic for the fond portraits of eccentric Americana in Errol Morris' early work - and pretty much everyone else - will be delighted by 'Some Kind of Heaven.'"

— Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Some Kind of Heaven is a solid feature debut from a bright young filmmaker who, despite his age, is able to expand our understanding of the complicated lives of older Americans."

— Beandrea July, Hollywood Reporter

"Oppenheimer snoops around and finds a fount of cinematic gold, without once resorting to ageist tropes. "Heaven" is about how, even in twilight years, many of us still haven't found what we're looking for."

— Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News

"Some Kind of Heaven effortlessly blends humor and pathos into a memorable and at times unsettling study on where life's trajectory might land us, and that is a concept that deserves more than mild contemplation."

— Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle

"Oppenheim relishes in the strange beauty of their lives with Rockwellian precision, and the bigger picture remains elusive throughout. Look closer, however, and the movie makes a sobering point, whether or not Oppenheim intended it."

— Eric Kohn, indieWire

"But the film deepens and grows more thoughtful — and, yes, sad — as its spotlight on the need for human connection — at any age — comes into focus. The stories of the four people at its center show Villagers to be more than statistics."

— Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

"As documentary film locations go, The Villages is obscenely rich in terms of character and color, which [Director] Oppenheim explores from the outset via his locked-down tripod’s deadpan gazes at old folks in vast antiseptic suburban locales, doing everything from tai chi and cheerleading to golf cart synchronization."

— Eric Hynes, Film Comment