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125 Ratings

The Given Word

O Pagador de Promessas

Directed by Anselmo Duarte
Brazil, 1962


Zé is a very poor man from the Brazilian countryside. His most prized possession is his donkey. When his donkey falls terminally ill, Zé makes a promise to Saint Bárbara: If his donkey recovers, he will carry a cross – like Jesus – all the way from his city to Saint Bárbara’s church.

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The Given Word Directed by Anselmo Duarte

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1962 | Winner: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

1963 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

San Francisco International Film Festival

1962 | Winner: Best Musical Score

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