It may have taken nearly 50 years, but somebody finally made a movie about The Villages and it was an Official Selection of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
The 81-minute movie Some Kind of Heaven, directed by Lance Oppenheim, will be available in selected theaters and On Demand beginning Jan. 15, 2021.
Here’s the Official Trailer:
The developer does not like anything that depicts The Villages in a negative light, so it will be interesting to see whether this movie makes it into any of The Villages movie theaters.
I can’t wait to see it, and I’ll be updating this article once I’ve seen the film.
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.”
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.