An offbeat pick for Valentine's weekend viewing, German filmmaker Veit Helmer's Russian-language comedy focuses on the extremes to which one young man will go to consummate a lifelong romance, and the remarkable efforts of the other men in his small mountain village to avoid actual work, even when their sex lives are on the line.

An offbeat pick for Valentine's weekend viewing, German filmmaker Veit Helmer's Russian-language comedy focuses on the extremes to which one young man will go to consummate a lifelong romance, and the remarkable efforts of the other men in his small mountain village to avoid actual work, even when their sex lives are on the line.

Betrothed since childhood, Temelko (Maximilian Mauff) and Aya (Kristinya Malerova) have a perfect five-day window for their first time, according to the stars. Unfortunately, it coincides with a crippling break of the pipe supplying the village's water, which leaves everyone thirsty and dirty but doesn't dry up the local men's much-storied libidos.

Fed up, the women promise no sex without water, and as the elder men concoct an assortment of ridiculous plots to get around the embargo, Temelko works alone on the dangerous task at hand.

Between the title and the actions of the townsfolk, Helmer's film could've gone without a score that doles out comical cuteness with a big ladle. Nevertheless, the story and the characters work their charm, and they're bound to get you chuckling.