THE LAKE HOUSE (2006) 

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Sandra Bullock
Keanu Reeves
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Christopher Plummer
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Willeke van Ammelrooy
Dylan Walsh
Lynn Collins

Alejandro Agresti



Time: 105 mins.
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama/Romance

SYNOPSIS: A lonely doctor, who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its newest resident, a frustrated architect. When they discover that they're actually living two years apart, they must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.

BOTTOM LINE: In order to enjoy this simple, understated love story, you have to check your disbelief at the door. I'm a sucker for stories that manipulate time. How the mailbox becomes magical, allowing the characters to communicate across time, is never explained, because there can be no rational reason for why it's happening. They know it and we know it. So the filmmaker's move on to other more important things – like making the connection between them one that captures the heart and imagination. In this effort they succeed. Even though Bullock and Reeves are rarely onscreen together, they create an unshakable bond that's hard to resist. Since he knows where she's going to be – his future is her past – it's harder on him knowing he has to wait to catch up with her. The plot even cleverly throws them together along the way to the present, though she has no idea how important he's going to become to her. When she finally discovers who he is and how he first came into her life, her devastation and regret are heartbreaking. Bullock isn't a showy actress and her restraint makes her pain all the more powerful. Reeves does a passable job, giving his character enough charm to make the romance work. While I loved the intricate plot and lyrical dialogue, I have to say I was slightly disappointed by the ending. It was emotionally satisfying, but lacked any romantic chemistry between the two, which oddly was there earlier in the film. It felt staged and uncomfortable, more like brother and sister than long lost lovers. That being said, it's rare to find an intelligent, complex love story that adults can actually enjoy.

"It's kind of a long distance relationship."

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