Visions du Réel Premiere ‘The Bubble’ Goes Behind the Facade of Florida’s Idyllic Retirement Community The Villages
Visions du Reél world premiere feature “The Bubble,” playing in the festival’s International Competition, provides a candid look at the often-surreal senior citizen life within The Villages, America’s largest retirement community, in Central Florida.
More than 150,000 retirees call The Villages home, and have access to its 96 recreation centers, 54 golf courses, 70 pools, three town squares and nearly 3,000 recognized social clubs.Beneath the surface, however, the film asks important questions of class – according to one resident in the film 80% of the nation’s private wealth belongs to people over 65 years old, race – the overwhelming majority of retired people in the U.S.
are white, and the impact The Villages has on surrounding communities.
The film also examines how society treats those who age out of the workforce.
Often neglected by family and their communities at home, many who settle in The Villages rediscover their own agency and find a new
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