Some Kind of Heaven

81 mins.
Directed by Lance Oppenheim
NR
2021

Last day Thursday, February 25.
 

  • Platform:  AmherstCinemaAtHome.org
  • Ticket price:  $12
  • Watch window:  30 days to start watching, 2 days to finish once started
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SOME KIND OF HEAVEN explores life inside the palm-tree-lined streets of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community in Florida. Referred to as the “Disneyland for Retirees,” this planned community is home to over 130,000 seniors. It offers residents a utopian version of the American yesteryear: wide, safe streets, perfectly manicured lawns, and countless activities all in service of enjoying their golden years. While most residents have bought into its packaged positivity, we meet four residents living on the margins, striving to find happiness.

By turns biting, tender, and surreal, the film demonstrates that no matter our age, we are always becoming. With strikingly composed cinematography, SOME KIND OF HEAVEN challenges our stereotypes around aging, emboldening its characters to live as vibrantly as possible in the time they have left.


"No shortage of visual and situational comedy... but Oppenheim resists easy misanthropy, showing unexpected empathy for people who have cocooned themselves from the outside world, only to confront its headaches anyway." Ben Kenigsberg. A New York Times Critic's Pick!