Like Humbert was poisoned by the tormenting temptation of Lolita, so too Herr Paul is bewitched by this nymphet (Katya Berger) drifting fairy-like through the meadows and bathing naked in the river. Herr Paul is an injured war veteran, contemplating suicide, but his outlook on life is refocused as he befriends the little girl, and as he seeks out her little lips.
The film is slow-paced, but that adds to the atmosphere. As other reviewers have mentioned, the dated DVD is grainy. Mine was an edited version. On U-tube I have seen other unedited versions containing more sensuous & contraversial scenes.
This is one of a string of films depicting love affairs betwen a child and an older man (such as Lolita, Pretty Baby, Sundays & Cybele) that are reviewed in Puberty & First Love: Children in Films: 6
and Physical & Sexual Abuse (Children in Films)
Recommended if you are intrigued by the entrapment of child-adult relationships.