I just watched "Absence of Malice" on TV yesterday, with Paul Newman and Sally Field. What a great story that was. I just don't understand how the writers blew the happy ending.
He was in his boat, getting ready to leave on a trip up the coast of indefinite duration. She had come to see him for the last time. As he said goodbye and pulled away for the dock, I was dying for her to shout after him: "Mike!"...and then, when he looked at her, she would say: "Can I come?" Then he would look at her in a funny way, and an unspoken understanding would pass between them. She would come running, jump off the dock, and swim to the boat where he would help her on board.
That's the ending I wanted.