Some Kind of Heaven
In the memorable words of Alan Rudolph’s Trouble in Mind, "Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die." For some, Florida’s largest retirement community, The Villages, might be the perfect compromise: thousands of clubs and slow-fun activities; golf courses, Margarita societies, churches, synchronized swim workouts, you name it… It’s a safe haven designed to evoke the ideal small towns of yesteryear, complete with faux Spanish colonial history, and (best of all?) no kids within ten miles. Small wonder the population has grown to just shy of 200,000 (albeit with a steep turnover, one assumes).
Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Lance Oppenheim’s documentary is a little like The Truman Show, for real, casting an ironic glance at this All-American notion of antiseptic, narcoleptic nirvana. But once we become accustomed to the strange banality of the setting, Oppenheim starts digging into the far odder inhabitants who have settled on this penultimate resting place: there’s a lonely widow who yearns for connection; an aging ladies man who can’t afford to a bungalow but lives out the back of his van in one of the parking lots while he tries to seduce a woman of means. Then there’s the couple who have been married for over 40 years now: she’s in her element here, but he’s developing a serious drug habit (cocaine, PCP) and believes he may be a God…
"Entrancing… this is surely one of the most gorgeously, strikingly shot documentaries in recent memory." AA Dowd, AV Club
"It’s a mood, as the kids say. And then out of nowhere, the movie will hit you with the emotional toll of one’s golden years getting a little tarnished …" David Fear, Rolling Stone
"Highly entertaining." Dennis Harvey, Variety
Director Lance Oppenheim will take part in a talk on March 30 at 6pm PST. More details to come!
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