What is the real-world location of the house used as Dr. Louise Banks's home in the movie?

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  • Do you mean to ask where it's meant to be in the film, or where the location filming was actually done? – Mike Scott Jan 29 '17 at 9:24
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    @MikeScott - A good answer addresses both :-) – Valorum Jan 29 '17 at 10:26
  • i mean where is the house in the real world. – lin zhu Jan 29 '17 at 10:34
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    @linzhu - And now you have your answer :-) Go take us a better picture... – Valorum Mar 15 '17 at 20:32

In-universe location.

The script and film are intentionally vague on the subject. Louise appears to be an American national (and her students have American accents) which would imply that she lives in America somewhere but there aren't any obvious markers. Her house is simply described as "Lake House", the university is simply "University Classroom".

Note that her university's name isn't shown and the hospital where she has her daughter is described as "Mercy Hill Hospital", a fictional place. The numberplates in the university car park don't conform to any US or Canadian plate style.

Source material

No help here. Chiang's short story doesn't contain any location markers, nor any mention of Louise's house.

Real-world location

The interior shots for the film were shot in and around Saint-Fabien in Quebec. This interview (and the answer below) confirm that the house was an actual location, rather than a set. The exterior driveway shot was filmed in L'Île-Cadieux, Québec, as were the interior shots of her house looking out over the Lake of Two Mountains

For the record, the exterior (university) shots were filmed at the Université de Montréal, Quebec.

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Here is the Streetview of the house. It's in L'Île-Cadieux, Québec.


It would appear that the interior was also used. Note that the side window also points toward a small inlet, visible in the overhead view.
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  • @Valorum why not add both? – Gallifreyan Mar 15 '17 at 20:10
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    @Gallifreyan - I've managed to match the interior shots with the overhead view. – Valorum Mar 15 '17 at 20:25
  • @Valorum that's the summary of my life on SE - it starts with an innocent edit, then attempt to improve, and then there's nothing left of the original post and I've spent two hours. But good job, sir! – Gallifreyan Mar 15 '17 at 20:37
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    @Gallifreyan - Andrei still deserved the credit. I've taken images from the link he provided. – Valorum Mar 15 '17 at 21:11

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