I'm a fan of low budget, independent films, because they represent pure cinema--movie making without all the hype, bells and whistles, special effects, cgi, and other trickery to hide a weak story or bad acting.
Execution. This film was really well done from the acting to the storytelling to the pacing. Nothing that happened was really surprising or unexpected, but the film making was so strong that the film never became boring and I found myself wanting to know what would happen next even though I could figure it out.
Acting. The acting was really good. It felt like I was watching real people going thru real experiences instead of actors portraying roles.
Emotion. This film had a lot of emotion and knew just what to do and when to do it to maximize the heart string tugging.
Expected. The story went about how you thought it would with no real big surprises.