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Some Kind of Heaven

 (2,313)1 h 22 min2021NR
SOME KIND OF HEAVEN follows the dreams and desires of a small group of residents who are unable to find happiness within The Villages, America's largest retirement community - a massive, self-contained utopia.
Lance Oppenheim
Anne and Reggie KincerDennis DeanBarbara Lochiatto
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English [CC]
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Roberta RicciardiReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Poignant stories of People, not Places.
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The title of my review is important. Some people will have "heard of" the Villages. Or "read about" the Villages. But they hear or read about a very limited perspective. They think there are only "pro" and "con," because they're equating senior life to a geographical location, and judging 70 square miles of homes and rec facilities based on the facade, rather than its people. This movie juxtaposes the experiences of a very few people with real stories, over that facade. The Villages has always been about the facade, and that contributes to the happy feeling most people have, most of the time, when they live here.

But it also contributes to the pressures of the community on you, the individual, to always show how happy you are. Even when your life's experiences present something other than perfection. How dare we be imperfect in this perfect place? Some Kind of Heaven shows us how we can dare be imperfect. The stories are touching, sad and sweet at the same time. Learning to love you for yourself, can help overcome loneliness. But it still won't get you a spouse. Learning to be a responsible, contributing member of society, will help you be able to not have to live in the back seat of a van. But it still won't take away the wanderlust of your youth. And learning to combat your need to live in a fantasy world of your own mind, will allow you to connect better with the people you believe you love. But it won't cement that connection and it takes effort.

Yes, the Villages is a paradise for seniors. Adult Disneyland. It is that, and more. But it is also a place where people of all kinds live, and as said in the movie, everyone living in the villages are not always happy. We need to recognize that, acknowledge it, appreciate it, and respect it. That's what this movie is about, and I think it did a great job in explaining that.
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Jan StubbsReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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We bought here when I was 49. This was a strange setting for these stories. Any big city will have widows, unhappy people, people on drugs and men preying on women. This has nothing to do with a retirement village that has many athletes, musicians, actors, artists etc that want to continue their hobbies in a warm, beautiful and well planned community. Shame on you young director. Weird and not accurate information!
63 people found this helpful
MaryReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Worst ever
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I thought this movie would talk about life in The Villages. Wrong. It was one of the most depressing documentaries I've ever watched. There were a couple of minutes show a couple of clubs. The Villages has 3000 clubs. Basically it's about a unhappy married couple one of whom gets in trouble for THC and cocaine. A homeless many from California looking for a rich woman to live with and woman whose husband died and she has to work fulltime. Worst $6.99 I ever spent and I'll never get that hour and 23 minutes back!
53 people found this helpful
Barbara FullerReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
It's a Drama - Not a documentary
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Disclaimer: we lived there for 4 years before moving to Asheville.
Thought #1: Beautiful cinematography. Amazing, intimate portraits of 3 individuals/couples with major issues - not sure how the producer was able to find such willingness to imbed within their lives. Good job.
Thought #2: Through the mood-setting music, the tone the producer wanted to create was obvious from the very beginning. Set against the “America’s Friendliest Hometown” surface level happiness, the objective is to portray a strong counterpoint. Therefore, it is biased and not at all nuanced, based on three sad lives.
Thought #3: This is a drama of three specific lives.The film portrays very little about life in The Villages, of which the viewer will learn nothing from the clever snippets. This is NOT a documentary by any true standards.
Thought #4: I am not advocating on behalf of The Villages by any means. But I am now 65 and the producer is, what, 25? He has no clue. He settled on a particular direction that worked for him. It's artsy.
We enjoyed our lovely home and time spent there, but it was not a good fit for us. And, apparently, we could tell you far more about the reality than he ever could finesse.
55 people found this helpful
Frances FisherReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully shot. Fascinating character study.
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The tone, mood, and cinematography was beautiful and fit into the vibe of the subject matter which is a place that was built for (majority) white baby boomers meant to evoke their 50's childhood. Nostalgia tends to wax over the the uglier parts of humanity and it looks like the Villages are no different. Amazing to think that the filmmaker Lance Openheimer is only 24 years old.
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evan frolovReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Discreet Charm of The Villages
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This was a really good watch! It's a fresh and interesting take on The Villages. The director could have easily taken this in a really predictable direction and lambasted this boomer paradise in a really negative way. The media loves to do that.

Instead, he treats The Villages and his subjects with a lot of respect, and because of that, he's able to take the viewer into this strange attempt at utopia. We make our own assumptions about the place as it serves as the backdrop into the lives and hardships of the four people living in The Villages that the film focuses on.

Also, the cinematography is great. The whole thing feels like a Larry Sultan photo, which really captures the heavenly vibe of the place. It's a documentary, but it could be mistaken for a narrative film, because it's shot so carefully like one. So many scenes had a level and depth & human emotion you normally don't get in a documentary.

I see this movie really sticking with me as I go on, great work!
36 people found this helpful
Paula ChappellReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
True to life of people who live in retirement villag
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The Villages is the most highly promoted 55 plus community in the US. I lived in a different one called Solivita. We also had the amenities and clubs, etc. This film is an actual portrayal of lives in the Villages. It could have been shot in Solivita with different people. They are all the same.

All these places promote the fun activities, crafts,self improvement courses, etc. You use them to discover yourself as your life is changing.

The widow has a long way to go to be accepted by society at the villages. Most activities or going out with friends involves a companion. Singles clubs are mostly women playing stupid games. She will make her way through this and decide if the villages is a good fit now.

The drifter looking for a rich babe. Had a few of those dogs in Solivita. After 3 years of dating, he never moved in but lived with MaMa..I knew that her goal was to move in with me,and she would have a cook and maid. No way. Then ended with a nasty fight with mama, the son kept quiet.

Married couple with hubby doing drugs happens here all the time. Hubby wakes up, has coffee and a joint.after noon, he starts on scotch. graduates to a stronger drink. He is home by 7 pm and asleep by 9pm. This was a good friend of mine. He does his thing, his wife does her thing. They have been married 35 years.

My point is be it the Villages, Solivita, Jimmy Buffets’ new retirement development, etc., they all offer the same stuff but people’s lives are still the same. Many relationships are just acquaintances not true friendships. If you lose your spouse or end up with a chronic illness, I.e. cancer, dementia, heart issues, your acquaintances will start to distance from you. People come to these places to have fun and live in their bubble. Not to be burdened caring for someone.

This documentary was well done. It is not an advertisement for the Villages.
35 people found this helpful
Lisa M. PachterReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Can I have my money back
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Horrible depiction of a beautiful place for many
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