‘Some Kind of Heaven’ is one kind of retirement; ‘Bolerobolero, the Film’ to premiere
By Pamela Espeland | MINNPOST
PUBLISHED: January 20, 2021
Many people first heard of The Villages, the largest retirement community in the United States, when President Donald Trump visited there in June 2020. In a video that Trump retweeted, a white man driving a golf cart shakes his fist and yells “White power!”
In “Some Kind of Heaven,” director Lance Oppenheim’s strangely fascinating film, all we see of politics are a few glimpses of bunting. So this is not about that. What it’s about is … some kind of hell? It depends on your vision of retirement.
The Villages is “Disneyland for seniors,” “God’s waiting room,” “the fountain of youth” and, according to at least one resident, “nirvana.” One of the fastest-growing cities in America, covering 32 square miles in central Florida, it has five ZIP codes and 120,000 residents. Eighty percent are over 65 and 98% are white. More than 20,000 are single.
“Everything here is just so positive,” another resident says. “I don’t see the slums, I don’t see death and destruction, I don’t see murders. You don’t see a lot of children running around here, either.”