Some Kind of Heaven

United States
2020 — 83 min / Colour



Inside the palm-tree-lined streets of The Villages, America’s largest and most utopian retirement community in central Florida, we meet four residents living on the margins, struggling to find happiness. Referred to as the “Disneyland for Retirees,” this preplanned community offers perfectly manicured lawns, singles mixers, bocce ball, and countless activities to re-energize the golden years of life. While most of “the Villagers” have bought into the packaged positivity, Barbara, Dennis, and couple Anne and Reggie each struggle to find their footing in this fantasy land as they seek new purpose, look for second love, and navigate the extremes of mental deterioration.

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Director Biography

Lance Oppenheim is a filmmaker from South Florida. His films explore the lives of people who create homes in unconventional places and circumstances. He was a 2019 Sundance Ignite fellow, was one of Filmmaker magazine's 2019 "25 new faces of independent film," and is the youngest contributor to the New York Times: Op-Docs. Oppenheim graduated from Harvard University’s visual and environmental studies program in 2019. Some Kind of Heaven is his first feature film.

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Lance Oppenheim


Darren Aronofsky

Kathleen Lingo

Melissa Oppenheim Lano

Pacho Velez

Lance Oppenheim

Jeffrey Soros

Simon Horsman


David Bolen


Daniel Garber


Ari Balouzian

Ryan Hope

Screenings & Awards

Sundance, United States, 2020

IFFR Rotterdam , Netherlands, 2020

MoMA, Doc Fortnight, United States, 2020

Cleveland IFF, United States, 2020


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