SUNDANCE 2020 FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW! Having turned fifty not so long ago, Lance Oppenheim’s Some Kind of Heaven hits a little too close to home. In Central Florida, there is a senior community known as The Villages. It’s population today is roughly 157,000 residents and is known as the “Disneyland for Retirees.” This community is, in a way, too good to be true, but it seems legit as utopian heaven for the senior set.
“The lifestyle at The Villages is an active one with activities like bowling, swimming, belly dancing, movies, acting classes…”
Lance Oppenheim’s approach to his film is not to provide basic information about the community but bring us into the lives of a few of its residents to give us a sense of what it’s like to live there. The lifestyle at The Villages is an active one with activities like bowling, swimming, belly dancing, movies, acting classes…you name it. The atmosphere is laid back. People come here to find a community and potentially companionship.
So let’s get to the people. Barbara moved to The Villages with her husband and followed him from Boston. Soon after their arrival, her husband passes away. Alone and unable to return to her New England home, Barbara looks for ways to make the most of her current situation, whether it’s an acting class or joining the Parrot Head Club. Barbara has one of the best moments in the doc when during her interview, her dog starts humping her cat.
"…during her interview, her dog starts humping her cat."