Some Kind of HeavenLance Oppenheim

Disneyland for retirees, that's what The Villages in Florida are also called. 130,000 seniors live together in a closed community, where everything revolves around their target group. They live in a very expensive dream full of neat front gardens, morning gymnastics and hours of golf fun. A visually powerful film that - tenderly, sometimes hilariously, at times painfully sharp - shows that for some, life really does begin at 60.

"You come here to live, not to die." That is the motto of many seniors who choose to live in The Villages, a safe and clean paradise full of comfort and with enough distraction to forget that this is the final chapter of their life. Some take to the perfectly manicured streets, the healthy fruit shakes and the happy dance evenings for singles like a fish to water. To others, this prepackaged bubble of positivism doesn't feel quite right. Because no matter how you look at it, the search for happiness and love - even when you have wrinkles and gray hair - is not always easy. An ode to life itself, which, even in its golden years, is always a story of ups and downs.


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International selection

International competition for best documentary. The winning film is awarded the Canvas Jury Award and will be longlisted for the Academy Awards.



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Directed by Lance Oppenheim
U.S.
2020 83 min.
English
No subtitles


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International selection

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Director

Lance Oppenheim

Cinematography

David Bolen

Editing

Daniel Garber, Lance Oppenheim

Music

Ari Balouzian

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