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The Lake House (2006)

PG  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |  16 June 2006 (USA)
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A lonely doctor who once occupied an unusual lakeside home 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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What if you found the one you were meant for... but you lived 2 years apart? See more »


Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 June 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il mare  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,616,196 (USA) (16 June 2006)


$810,334 (Argentina) (17 November 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sandra Bullock revealed in an Entertainment Weekly interview that the title house had running water but no toilets. See more »


On Valentine's Day, 2006, Kate tries desperately to save the man's life, but he dies. She spends several hours looking at him, so she should know his face well. Later, she is told by Alex that he was the man she kissed at her birthday party in 2004, so she should remember him as the man that she tried to save. Despite all of this, she's still hurt when he doesn't show up for their date in 2006, and still doesn't remember him as the man that she tried to save, but he died after all. See more »


Alex: He could build a house. But he couldn't build a home.
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Even though this is clearly impossible, it's amazing.
13 June 2006 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on June 12th, 2006 at a preview showing in my home town of Austin, Texas. Admittedly, when I first viewed the trailer it appeared to be nothing more than a cheap romantic flick with a hunk (Keanu Reeves) and a pretty girl (Sandra Bullock). After watching this film, I realized first impressions can sometimes be wrong.

The plot may be a bit out of the ordinary. But if you suspend logic for an hour or two and believe in the magic of the story, it will draw you into a deeply passionate story. There are some twists that may or may not surprise (especially if you're as quick as my wife).

Although Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock have had some iffy acting performances in the past, both put in excellent performances that made their characters come alive. Each characters has a very earthy feel that makes them seem real and relatable.

Overall, I have to say this is a beautiful movie, from the story to the acting to the beautiful cinematography.

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