The Lake House

{4.5/5} “A truly great structure — one that is meant to stand the tests of time — never disregards its environment. A serious architect takes that into account. He knows that if he wants presence, he must consult with nature. He must be captivated by the light.”

Kate is a doctor, and has just moved out of the lake house. Alex is an architect, and has just moved in. Kate left a letter in the mailbox for the new tenant, and Alex and Kate start writing letters to each other. They leave the letters in the lake house mailbox — but Kate leaves them in 2006 and Alex leaves them in 2004.

The Lake House was released in 2006. It’s based on a Korean movie.

The movie switches back and forth between Kate’s story and Alex’s story. The house is a striking piece of architecture — a house with glass walls, on stilts, at the edge of a lake.

If you accept the magic mailbox premise, I think you’ll find it’s an enjoyable movie. There is a fairly large flaw in the story* — whether a flaw ruins a movie for me depends on whether I think about it during the movie or afterwards. This time, it didn’t ruin it.

It’s an unusual romance, and it’s about the choices you make in life.

The music by Rachel Portman (Never Let Me Go) is beautiful. I particularly like tracks “Mailbox,” “Sunsets,” and “Alex’s Father” on the soundtrack.

Sandra Bullock (While You Were Sleeping) plays Kate and Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) plays Alex. They previously starred together in Speed.

Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) plays a mentor of Kate’s. Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music) plays Alex’s father.

The movie was directed by Alejandro Agresti (Valentin).

Spoiler alert

*Kate could have just looked up Alex on the web in 2006. Or in the phone book.

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