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THE MOVIE: The Lake House

Sandra Bullock • Keanu Reeves • Christopher Plummer
DIRECTOR: Alejandro Agresti

A love affair across time… THE CONCEPT:
Feeling it’s time for a change in her life, Dr Kate Forster (Bullock) leaves a suburban Illinois house that she loves, and moves to Chicago to take a job at a busy hospital. She leaves a note in the mailbox for the house’s next tenant, Alex Wyler (Reeves) asking him to forward her mail. Both come to discover they are living in different time periods, Forster in 2006 and Wyler in 2004. As they exchange letters they begin to fall in love with each other and become determined to unravel the mystery and distance that keeps them apart.

U.S. RELEASE: June 16 2006, Nationwide • Rated: PG


KEANU REEVES on working with Sandra again:
“It just seemed to come together; this film at this time. What led up to it or how it happened, eventually we both liked the material. It was an atypical dramatic romance. I was drawn to that. I liked the dialogue. It was very sweet. I liked these characters trying to figure out their own lives, kind of coming together in a way that I hadn’t really seen before.”

“We just waited for the right thing. I found out about it through another director friend of mine, Paul Haggis, who said, ‘You should read this. It’s brilliant.’ They don’t make movies like this any more. It’s too risky and it doesn’t have the formula that you can hang something on.”

“The challenge in it for me was the story. Alejandro set up situations where Sandra and I were in the same room acting together, but apart. It helped that we had worked together before. I think it helped that we’ve kept in contact over the years and we like each other.”

“We have an instant rapport, it’s like Nescafe, you add a little hot water and there you have us. We’ve grown up in some areas and not in some other areas. It’s never what you think it’s going to be. It was better than what I thought. I imagined but I didn’t expect and it was a lot different and more fulfilling in a lot of ways than I’d ever expected.”

“To make sense of this [movie] isn’t the point. The sense of it is what we put in our way – the things that we think matter to us actually probably don’t all the time.”

BULLOCK on how she got her mind around the Sci-Fi aspect of the film:
“I didn’t. You can’t get your mind around life. That’s the biggest Sci-Fi experience there is. So I think the less you think about it and just react like people normally react to a bizarre situation, the easier it is. Once you start to over-think it, it gets a little tricky. Time doesn’t matter. As we say in this film, let go of time and your preconceived notions of time, and just be. And if you write that literally, if you don’t say she said it sarcastically, we’ll personally come to your homes and destroy your landscaping.” [she laughs]

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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