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.
We get an introduction to the lay of the land, what they can do, the amount of variety they have to do, and how it’s like starting all over again with a fresh new life.
We get introduced to different individuals from couples who have been together for 40+ years to a man who lives in his van looking for a sugar momma, and the village has a heck of a party scene that attracts a wide range of audiences.
Next, as we weave in and out of the people’s lives, between struggling to get old and how to handle that to the pitfalls of one man not being able to stop using drugs and get caught, the village is impressive on the surface, but it has its issues just like anywhere else does.
Last, Some Kind of Heaven showcases two sides of life as you grow older. One, you don’t have to stop living because you are old. Two, you often gave to face down adversity the more challenging you live at that age.
In closing, technically speaking, the film was great. The cinematography was gorgeous. The beautiful score that weaved in and out of the documentary was a delight, the editing was fantastic, and the direction by Lance Oppenheim did a great job of intertwining the stories and making each feel important.
Some Kind of Heaven shows us that even as we grow older, we can still live life.