Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Some Kind of Heaven


Year: 2020
Country: USA
Run Time: 83 minutes

Some Kind of Heaven
Some Kind of Heaven
Some Kind of Heaven

The Villages, Florida is the largest retirement community in America, home to 130,000 residents. Retirees flock to the property’s palm tree-lined streets, picturesque lawns, and sparkling pools in search of a fun, carefree retirement. The residence is a bustling, self-contained “city” with grocery stores, beauty salons, bars, and restaurants that create an insular world of parties and activities. Still, this fantasyland can’t shield residents from the nuances of day-to-day life. SOME KIND OF HEAVEN follows four residents as they navigate life in The Villages. Recently widowed, Barbara grapples with dating again. Married couple, Reggie and Anne, find their 47-year marriage increasingly strained. Ladies’ man, Dennis, is on the prowl to improve his station in life. Each resident was attracted to The Villages’ advertised lifestyle. Despite the picture-perfect experience promoted, their lives remain imperfect and challenging. But they try to live their later days to the fullest. World Premiering at Sundance 2020, the documentary pulls back the curtain on a perceived paradise and shows us that, despite retirement, life doesn’t slow down. — R.R.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:20 PM ET

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 6:20 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Ad Hoc Docs Competition


Lance Oppenheim

Darren Aronofsky, Kathleen Lingo, Melissa Oppenheim Lano, Pacho Velez, Lance Oppenheim, Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman

David Bolen

Daniel Garber, Lance Oppenheim

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Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

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