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The Lake House (2006)

A lonely doctor, who once occupied an unusual lakeside house, begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.

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Doug (as Scott A. Elias)
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When two people "connect" the bond between them can be so pure and simple as to stir hearts in heaven. When they connect in all the right places at all the wrong times, heaven weeps for broken hearts. To heal these broken hearts, heaven breaks time. Written by Blithe Spiritus

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How do you hold on to someone you've never met? See more »

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Rated PG for some language and a disturbing image | See all certifications »

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16 June 2006 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,616,196 (USA) (18 June 2006)

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$52,330,111 (USA)
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Sandra Bullock states that she felt compelled to name the dog "Jack" after the character of Keanu Reeves in Speed (1994) - the first movie the two of them made together. See more »

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When Kate is writing to Alex asking him to call her July 10, 2006 at 9:05 p.m., she mouths "July 10, 2004", but we hear 2006. See more »

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Truly Moving Picture
27 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on May 26th, 2006 in Indianapolis. I am one of the judges for the Heartland Film Festival's Truly Moving Picture Award. A Truly Moving Picture "…explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." Heartland gave that award to this film.

An attractive, educated, professionally fulfilled Doctor (Sandra Bullock) "meets" an attractive, educated, sensitive architect (Keanu Reeves) via letters and a past common residency of a particular lake house. What could be the problem? The problem is that they are currently living two years apart and then again at the exact same time in this romantic, heart-wrenching, dramatic fairy tale.

The Doctor leaves the lake house in rural Illinois in 2006 in order to advance her career and find happiness in Chicago. She leaves a note to an unknown-to-her new tenant, the architect, to forward her mail. They correspond to each other and slowly discover that he is actually living in the house 2 years earlier in 2004. And … they share the same dog. But somehow the viewer can suspend disbelief and get into the story because the two characters are believable and intelligent and are initially just as skeptical of the time riddle as the viewer.

Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock re-unite for the first time since "Speed." The genre of "The Lake House" is completely different, but the actors are just as complementary and likable in this fantasy tale. They both display a deep, patient, and profound love for each other. And they do so with grace and charm and a chemistry that can't be readily explained.

Much of this film plays like a mystery with mothers and fathers, siblings, and boy and girl friends weaving in and out of the story in the present time of 2004 and the present time of 2006. But through it all, the Doctor and the architect ultimately never lose hope that they can solve this time puzzle and can actually be together at the same moment in time.

FYI – There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is a listing of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners that are now either at the theater or available on video.


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