We’re at the cinema today, sitting back for a lovely ‘fantasy-romance’ starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock – The Lake House (2006).

As you will see from the Internet Movie Database reference, this is a film about the right people getting to know each other in the wrong way at the wrong time.  It’s the sort of film that takes a bit of concentration (for me anyway) to get your head round the various threads of the storylines (I’m trying not to give too much away for anyone who hasn’t seen it).  It is also important not to focus too hard on whether the logic hangs together.

The key word in all of this is connection.  When two people know they are right for each other, they try to do everything possible to be together in the right way, no matter what the odds.

The film makes clear links with Jane Austin’s glorious novel Persuasion – another story of a couple of who were forced to wait for each other, not knowing whether they would ever be together.

What better backdrop for a tear-jerking film?  And what do we need to go with it?  A gorgeous soundtrack.

Rachel Portman’s score is beautiful and understated.  One of the best things about it is that you don’t notice the music when you are watching the film.  Quite right.

The second best thing is that when you listen to it separately, it reminds you of the film.  Spot on.  The music is lyrical; sweeping, tender, poignant, moving.  It is full of emotion.

The third thing is that the score integrates beautifully a few pre-recorded tracks with Portman’s specially written music.  Paul McCartney’s This Never Happened Before, The Clientele’s (I can’t seem to) Make You Mine, Nick Drake’s Time Has Told Me, Eels’ Ant Farm, and Carol King’s It’s Too Late are all perfectly balanced.  They could almost have been commissioned specally for this movie.

The whole soundtrack is a lovely listen, to match the great watch that is the film.

7 thoughts on “Connections

  1. I am always so busy watching a film that I forget to pay attention to the soundtrack. . But reading through your post and then googling Rachel Portman, I can now see that I have been missing half, if not more, of the whole film experience. Thank you, thank you for opening my ears, especially to Rachel Portman. She has a lovely website; oh,yes and music 😀

  2. They really were in tune with each other – and the film kept you focus until the very end…the music was perfect. Believe it or not – I was going through my DVD and there is was – The Lake House. Your post is a sign I should watch it again!!

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