Some Kind of Heaven Is Both Beautiful and Sad
Despite its many residents, Oppenheim has managed to find several colorful enough that make the documentary a must-watch. There’s 81-year-old Dennis, a retired Casanova whose quest to find a fair (and wealthy) lady keeps on going. There’s also Barbara, a mildly depressed widow from Boston, and your heart will surely be moved by Reggie’s drug addiction and his incredibly patient wife, Anne. This unlikely bundle of life stories and the honesty with which they’re told is what makes Some Kind of Heaven both a beautiful and sad documentary that, at the very least, will have you question your own retirement plans.
A Curious Look on Life After Retirement
If there’s one thing that’s crystal clear in the documentary is Oppenheim’s amazing ability to capture the odd and serenely beautiful aspects of a person’s life. No person’s life story is ever straightforward. Even Dennis’ plight isn’t entirely comic — a gold-digging man with a dark past in his early 80s living in a van. Not after you see him go out to seek spiritual consolation from a pastor dressed in a camp shirt do you realize the many shades of his journey.
As you’re watching it, you’ll probably find yourself torn between two questions. The question of “Can I be happy living there?” and “That’s too weird for my taste, right?” And who knows, maybe after watching Some Kind of Heaven, you’ll come up with stranger questions and surprising answers. One way to find out!