I thought Markus was kind, endearing and charming. He looked like a real person that walks down the street everyday. Are the unremarkable looking people of the world not entitled to love and be lovable? I thought the moral of this movie was beauty is in the eye of the beholder. She already had Mr. Perfect/Gorgeous in Francois..he was forever irreplaceable...that was her young love; Markus will be her mature love. He loves and adores her and has such a gentle heart. She took him to her husband's grave, and to her grandmother, who knew the minute she met him he was a fine man.
Her friend Sophie was such a disappointment..I cannot believe how she looked at him when he appeared at her door...I cringed for him, their co-workers so rude, and Charles her boss a jealous bastard because he couldn't believe Nathalie would choose being with Markus rather than his married a$$. Markus reminded me of a European "Paul Giamatti" type character, and I thought the film was elevated when he appeared as well.
I thought it was very moving and I was so rooting for things to work out between them. The minute he gave her that gift, I knew it was going to be a PEZ dispenser. I loved the scene in her grandmother's garden...his voice over, but especially the way she looked at him... that was love.
Remember us, for we too have lived, loved and laughed
Bridgetjones-- beautifully written post.