Like his earlier film Suffering, this 1962 Czech feature by Karel Kachyna uses images more than dialogue to recount a girl’s coming of age, but it lacks the earlier film’s lyricism. A country girl falls in love with a womanizing geologist who stays at her father’s inn; the story begins playfully and provocatively as she shuts off the water while he’s showering, but its plot twists become somewhat predictable as her affection matures and he refuses to acknowledge it. Kachyna has a good eye for small details of rural life, and the scenes that compare the couple’s relationship to their ascent of a water tower seem to refer to Hitchcock’s masterpiece of the same name.