First Look: The Lake House (Il Mare)
Release Date: June 16, 2006
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Alejandro Agresti
Screenwriter: David Auburn
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dylan Walsh, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Christopher
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Feeling that it's time for a change in her life, Dr. Kate Forester (SANDRA
BULLOCK) leaves her suburban Illinois practice for a job at a busy Chicago
hospital. One thing she is reluctant to leave behind, though, is the uniquely
beautiful house she has been renting - a spacious and artfully designed
refuge with large windows that overlook a placid lake. It's a place in
which she felt her true self.
It is a winter morning in 2006.
On her way to the city, Kate leaves a note in the mailbox for lake house's
next tenant, asking him to forward her mail and noting that the inexplicable
painted paw prints he might notice by the front door were there when she
But when the next tenant arrives, he sees a much different picture. Alex
Burnham (Keanu Reeves), a talented but frustrated architect working at
a nearby construction site, finds the lake house badly neglected: dusty,
dirty, overgrown with weeds. And no sign of paw prints anywhere.
The house has special meaning for Alex. In a happier time it was built
by his estranged father (CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER), a renowned architect who
let his professional acclaim grow at the expense of his family life. Alex
feels a sense of peace here now and commits to restoring the property
to its original beauty. He disregards Kate's note until, days later, while
painting the weather-beaten jetty he sees a stray dog run across the fresh
paint and then towards the entrance of the house, leaving paw prints exactly
where she said they'd be.
Baffled, Alex writes back, saying that the house had no occupant before
him and wondering how she could have known about the dog; while Kate,
who just left it a week ago imagines he is playing some kind of joke on
her and fires back a reply.
Just for argument's sake, what day is it there?
April 14, 2004.
No, she says. It's April 14, 2006.
The same day, two years apart.
Can this be happening?
As Kate and Alex continue to correspond through the lake house's mailbox
they confirm that they are, incredibly, impossibly, living two years apart,
and each at a time in their lives when they are struggling with past disappointments
and trying to make a new start. Sharing this unusual bond, they reveal
more of themselves to one another with each passing week - their secrets,
their doubts and dreams, until they find themselves falling in love.
Determined to bridge the distance between them at last and unravel the
mystery behind their extraordinary connection, they tempt fate by arranging
to meet. But, by trying to join their two separate worlds, they could
risk losing each other forever.