Behind the Gates of Fantasyland is Somekind of Heaven?


“Some Kind of Heaven” is a documentary debut by director Lance Oppenheim and is considered by many to be one of the best documentaries of recent years. “Some Kind of Heaven” is like a deep-thought cinematic painting about the life course of a human being.

Behind the gates of a palm tree-lined fantasyland, four residents of America’s largest retirement community, The Villages, FL, strive to find solace and meaning.

In an interview with Screenrant Oppenheim says, quote “I found there was an article that was talking about how The Villages had quickly become one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. There was suddenly 120,000 people that left the North, and they were moving in to this world that reminded them of their youth, designed to simulate the 50s and the 60s. And I just was fascinated by that, as a way to explore that uniquely American desire to escape reality. That was sort of the genesis of everything.”

“Some Kind of Heaven” is an unforgettable debut in documentary filmmaking that provides insight into the final chapter in a person’s life. It shows that even though the body is weaker, the beauty still shines through.

The film is screened at Stockfish!