I haven't read the book on which this is based, but I would hope that it is more substantial than this adaptation would suggest. It was made for television, so I can live with the cheap-looking sets and photography, but the acting was pretty iffy, even for TV. Most detrimental to the film is its length. 55 minutes wasn't enough to develop characters and relationships, much less over the span of a year, as the story does. Despite its cheap, rushed nature, it does have some nice cinematography and a decent score. It also takes place in my native Maryland. It's not something I would advocate buying on DVD, but it wouldn't hurt to watch if they decided to run it on TV again.