Pretty/ugly


I put off watching this because I was afraid it would be a downer, but it was quite funny in parts. I enjoyed the ironic reversal of the male lead being truly ugly (and not just movie ugly--who could forget this mug: http://tinyurl.com/bwts634). Unfortunately, I think that may have been what put a lot of viewers off. Don't they get it? Like Pascal says, "Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît point" (The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of).

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Sorry, but I'm not sure even Pascal could find any likable qualities in our Markus. Consider: bad teeth, scraggly beard, balding, an inarticulate lump of a guy who apparently buys ratty clothes (that don't fit him anyway) at a 2nd hand store.
I could discern no acting talent to speak of in Damiens, the actor who played him. In short, the movie sank like a rock as soon as Markus appeared.

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This is one of the most shallow things I've read. How about she felt Markus was someone who would make her happy mentally rather than just between her legs.

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To me, the movie picked up when Markus appeared.



You can't catch the wind!

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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

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Bridgetjones-- beautifully written post.

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I agree. The beginning was sort of rushed, I suppose just for the sake of a setup, but one couldn't really feel attached to the characters or circumstances.

Markus showed up and just seemed very sincere and kind. I would say that, yes, he's conventionally unattractive but not... ugly. I think if his teeth were worked on a bit and his hair was better managed, he wouldn't be so bad. Nevertheless, clearly he was a thoughtful, sweet person and I can understand why someone might fall for him.

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I'm assuming you're a man..

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I ask myself, did some of the critics and users really sit back, let this movie unfold & truly watch it with a clear & open mind. The acting was superb by both leads. You totally feel as if it where you that had her pain, her anguish, her moving around the world as if she really wasn't there. A shadow. He does an amazing job of portraying just how awkward & plain he is to everyone around him, as if he really isn't there. Like a shadow. And he does a brilliant job of the portraying the stages and feelings of love...awkwardness, excitement, embarrassment, confusion, and the giddiness of that moment when you realize you have found true love.

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