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THE LAKE HOUSE

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"The Lake House is an epic love story,” says Sandra Bullock, who stars as Kate Forster, an independent and rationally-minded doctor who finds herself drawn deeply into an elusive romance that seems to defy all rules of reason and exist in a realm all its own. "It's about possibilities and impossibilities and the decisions we make on our way to finding the right person. It invites you to believe in the impossible and the power of certain connections to challenge any obstacle because you want so much for these two people to find a way.” It was precisely the film's unique structure and storyline that attracted Bullock, who refers to it as the allure of "something you know you haven't seen before.”

Keanu Reeves, who shares the screen with Bullock for the first time since their memorably combustible pairing in Speed, plays Alex to her Kate, and was similarly taken by the story's unusual premise. "The way they come together is so original and heartfelt,” he says, noting how The Lake House's timeless idealism meshes completely with its contemporary setting and characters. "I'm not the hero here and she's not the damsel in distress. It's not about two people seeking someone or something to make themselves whole; it's about two people who discover that together they can create something new.”

That they find each other at all is in itself a mystery beyond anything they could have imagined. Who could explain how she could place a letter into a mailbox in 2006 and he could pick it up on the same day two years earlier?

They are two people with separate lives talking to each other across an unfathomable two-year divide and yet, in every other way they couldn't be more perfectly in sync. "The letters start with mundane subjects but it doesn't take long to get to the underlying question of ‘who are you,' and that becomes the theme. Who are you? From there, Alex finds someone with whom he can share all kinds of questions and reveal his innermost self, and she responds in kind,” says Reeves.

Both he and Bullock feel certain that E-mail or some other medium would not have served the story as well as letters do, with Reeves citing that, "The very act of letter-writing requires that you take the time to collect your thoughts. It allows you to be your best self, your most intimate and thoughtful. You have to wait for the other person to receive the letter and then respond so there's a sense of longing and waiting that concentrates your intention.”

Through letters, says Bullock, Kate and Alex avoid "the superficial song and dance that always happens when people first meet and are trying to present their best side. Without that, they're able to be themselves, completely and honestly, bad jokes and bad moods included – silly, angry, wistful, earnest. Because of the unusual nature of the connection there's no embarrassment and no fear of sharing all of yourself because there's a part of you still saying, ‘Well, this doesn't really exist,' or ‘Even if it does, I'll never meet this person so what's to worry about?' What makes them fall in love so deeply is the utter fearlessness they have in revealing their vulnerabilities up front.”

Moreover, there's the feeling of holding in your hands something that someone else has touched, especially when there is so little of the physical realm they are allowed to share. As the correspondence between Kate and Alex flourishes, it brings not only romance and spontaneous laughter into their lives but gives them strength and inspiration for issues they've both been separately working on and, says Reeves, "I don't know if they're consciously preparing themselves for love but they're changing course in their lives and becoming open to whatever is next.”

Kate has just begun a new job. She's traded her country retreat for Chicago, a city whose innate beauty she has yet to<

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