It may have taken nearly 50 years, but somebody finally made a movie about The Villages and it is an Official Selection of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
As I type this, the 81-minute movie Some Kind of Heaven, directed by Lance Oppenheim, is being screened at the Sundance Film Festival, meaning, unless you’re in Park City, you can’t watch it yet.
Here’s the summary of Some Kind of Heaven that appears on IMDB and on the director’s website:
Behind the gates of a palm tree-lined fantasyland, four residents of America’s largest retirement community, The Villages, FL, strive to find happiness and meaning.
In an article on the Sundance blog, the director said this about why he made the film:
I was fascinated that hundreds of thousands of people were moving from across the country to live in this kind of isolated Truman Show–like bubble town, and I wanted to see what that was like for myself.”
After watching the short documentary Meet the Happiest Guy in the World, also directed by Mr. Oppenheim, I wasn’t very optimistic that the tone of Some Kind of Heaven would be upbeat…
…but according to the review of Some Kind of Heaven on the website Film Threat:
Lance Oppenheim presents a hopeful future for latter years of life.”– Alan Ng on Film Threat
Either way, I can’t wait to see it.
I’ll definitely be updating this article once I’ve seen the film.
This is not the first time that life in a Florida retirement community has been committed to film.
The 2012 documentary Kings Point explored some of the darker, more depressing, aspects of life in the once popular Kings Point retirement community down in Delray Beach.