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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Thoughts about The Lake House, Soulmates

We watched this movie, The Lake House, on DVD last week. It stars Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.

Plot: A lonely doctor (Sandra), once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect (Keanu). What’s extraordinary about the story is that Sandra’s time is 2006, Keanu’s 2004, but still by some sort of magic were able to correspond in real-time and the two fall in love.

I’ve read lots of negative reviews about the movie saying the plot is ludicrous, lots of nonsense, illogical, incredible, cheesy, corny, and insultingly dumb. Pretty sure it was a flop.

However, I must admit I did quite enjoy watching it. Probably it depends on how one chooses to interpret the details. If one interprets the story literally, then yes, it is incredibly hard to believe. However, if one interprets it figuratively or metaphorically, then it's easier to appreciate what the director may have wanted to convey.

For instance, for the house by the lake, one may think of it methaphorically and not a physical address. It could be virtual, imagined or even an address in cyberspace. In the movie, Sandra and Keanu exchange letters magically via a physical mailbox. Yes, that’s hard to believe. Yet nowadays, it's ordinary to receive emails in our inboxes in almost real-time.

The two-years gap between the two lovers could symbolize age difference. Or the director’s way of conveying how two people can be in love even when it is impossible for them to unite physically. Impossible maybe because of present circumstances beyond their control, or because of events that transpired in the past and affected the present.

Oh well, like the movie or not, I simply think of it as the story of two soulmates finding each other no matter what.

Speaking of soulmate, is there really such a thing? Are there souls literally fated to be mates to each other?

When we think of a soulmate, we normally associate the term to someone’s true love, or someone that affects another person in a positive, loving way. But checking Wikipedia, I found out that it is possible for a soulmate to also inflict injury to their twin flame.

Soulmate Emotional Destruction Theory

Ultimately the consequence of this notion is the unfortunate reality that soulmates often possess the ability to inflict serious emotional injury unto their twin flame, greater than any other being could. This often results in the separation of idealized love, due to the severe emotional impact. Many soulmates are destined for an eternal search, not for lack of meeting, but rather lack of acceptance. The encounter is often analogous to the collision of matter and antimatter, a violent explosive reaction will occur, but if held through to completion only pure energy, and thus harmony, will result. Unfortunately few encounters are held through to completion. - Wikipedia

I thought that was quite interesting. Whatever the case maybe, I’m sure of one thing. I’ve found my soulmate.


  • ay, ako rin, ive found my soulmate :)
    i heard lake house is hollywood's version of an asian movie (korean i think).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:29 PM, December 13, 2006  

  • I wanted to watch The Lake House but heard about the negative reviews so I didn't. It was a flop here in France. I like your interpretation KU, really out of the box.

    For me, a soulmate is all about love enriched with choices and decisions. I've found mine too.

    By Anonymous Joy, at 2:26 AM, December 14, 2006  

  • i watched lakehouse too... maganda sya but then mas lalo ko syang na-appreciate sa interpretation mo! para bang... "oo nga noh?!"

    i'm happy, dahil gaya mo... nakita ko na rin ang soulmate ko!!

    God bless!

    By Blogger rHo, at 2:35 AM, December 14, 2006  

  • If one chooses to delve into the area of quantum physics and the notion of parallel universes, the plot is quite plausible. I loved the movie and, btw, the last folks whose words I take seriously are movie critics.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:42 AM, December 14, 2006  

  • Tsong.. hollywood has a way of massacering good asian movies take "the ring" for example.

    Best is to watch the original Korean version "Il Mare" :)

    By Blogger Senorito<- Ako, at 3:43 PM, December 14, 2006  

  • Your imagination is superb. And Wikipedia's definition aptly mirrors my entire life. Am really interested with "encounters held through completion". Hope not too late to aspire for such.

    By Anonymous ME, at 8:10 PM, December 14, 2006  

  • awww i love this post KU ^_^ i always love and enjoy reading about soulmates hehe... i definitely believe that we have all our soulmates! Sometimes its not the person beside us... but rather someone u dunno yet or someone u know near u!
    I have this definition here that i read before...

    Soul Mates are other souls that have agreed to connect with you on this planet for a purpose. In some cases it is to clear up karma, in other cases it is to finish unfinished business, and for some it is to accomplish a particular goal together. These relationships may be
    a joy to be in or these relationships may be a pain in your life. Either way they are here for a reason.

    When Soul Mates first meet they sometimes feel as if they already know each other. They may feel very familiar to each other. Soul Mates can have a beautiful relationship together, but it will take work. Soul Mate relationships may last a lifetime and others may only be for a particular purpose and be temporary.

    I've heard about this movie but not get chance to see it... i think ill rent dvd this weekend hehe... thanx for the info, i miss to be in-love awww lol! ^_^


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:20 AM, December 15, 2006  

  • cess,
    lucky you for finding your soulmates. yes, probably is a hollywood version.

    i agree, the right choices and decisions are ingredients for enriching love.

    it shows in your blog that you really found your soulmate. even your picture in your blog, parang ang lalim ng iniisip mo, in-love talaga.

    i thought about parallel universe too and yes, quite plausible. yes, most movie critics are average thinkers. it's not easy for them to think outside what's ordinary.

    oh, i have to find that korean version. i won't be surprised if hollywood did massacre the asian version.

    i remember watching, months ago, hollywood's version of "the day of the jackal" starring bruce willis. it did massacre the first version that came out in the 70's.

    i'm sure it's not too late. if you pray hard enough, am sure god will grant your wish. all the best.

    that is a very nice definition of soulmates. thanks for sharing. i'm sure sure you'll enjoy watching the movie.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 11:23 AM, December 15, 2006  

  • wow..i have such a great realization about the idea os soulmate!

    salamat KU!

    i hope i can find my soulmate soon...;0)

    By Anonymous ev, at 2:38 PM, December 15, 2006  

  • napanood ko rin yan three weeks ago naman, since napanood ko yung Il Mare yung original Korean version, tinitignan namin kung parehong pareho ba, buti na lang iniba nila masyado di kasi maganda ang ending namatay yung guy, kaya nung nagmamadali si Sandra na pumunta sa lake house lahat kami dito excited ...maganda ang ending at para sa mga hopeless romantic tama lang ang palabas :)

    By Anonymous manilenya, at 4:23 PM, December 15, 2006  

  • suwerte talaga if you've found your soulmate, lifelong relationship yan.
    kawawa naman yung iba na instead of soulmate eh "cellmate" pala yung natagpuan nila - lifetime imprisonment ang kalakip unless maka-escapo ka.
    happy holidays KU!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:25 AM, December 16, 2006  

  • di ko pa napapanood yang movie na yan fafa, pero teka si arnold ba yang tinutukoy mo na soulmate nyehehe

    By Blogger KaDyo, at 6:29 PM, December 16, 2006  

  • I saw the movie in the theatre kasi very intriguing yung trailer. I enjoyed it kasi love story and siyempre ka-date ko kasi yun soulmate ko.

    Yeah, lots of people were confused with the story kasi literal nga siguro ang interpretation nila.

    I like your movie review.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:23 PM, December 17, 2006  

  • we just finished watching this movie. i've had it for over a month, but never really got around to watching it. when i read your post, i searched for the movie and just sat down.

    i did enjoy it. especially with your short review.

    thanks, KU.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:13 AM, December 19, 2006  

  • I didn't watch Lake House but I watched Il mare, grabe iyak talaga ako towards the end when the guy died, pero lo and behold by some twist of fate they ended up together pa rin. The movie defies the laws of logic, but somehow you'll get swept by its premise and suspend reality for about two hours. The girl in Il Mare also starred in "Sassy Girl", and she's really pretty. That other movie also made me cry my eyeballs out. I won't be surprised kung me Hollywood remake na rin ito in the making, if not nagawan na.

    Asian movies have become a goldmine of Hollywood hits, most recently yung The Departed, which is a Korean (Korean nga ba talaga? basta Asian) original. Buti na lang maganda ang remake. This just shows that talentado talaga an mga Asians. i wish someday local Pinoy movies will have Hollywood counterparts. But at the rate things are going, only indie/digital films dare make offbeat movie themes; we're stuck with watching inane movies at the cinemas. no wonder the movie industry is dying. haay! fantasy series on TV are no better, dinadaan na lang sa costumes.

    By Anonymous Cris, at 9:43 AM, December 20, 2006  

  • I remembered you wrote something about this years ago hence I thought of watching it. After all I had the divx file for years too. Kapapanood ko lang ng "The Lakehouse" today 27/06/2008, and I liked it. Damn those review/critics! :)


    By Blogger jhugne, at 6:45 PM, June 27, 2008  

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