Promise Me This

Synopsis: A grandson gives his grandfather a vow to go to the city to sell a cow and come back with a spouse. Extremely metaphorical representation of certain period of time in transitional Serbia is shown throughout the entire movie. Meeting the characters on his voyage, boy gets into various troubles, managing to fulfill the given promise.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Emir Kusturica
Production: Fidélité Productions
  1 nomination.
137 min

#Translation by Rizlafabrika


Is that the school ?

The school is beside the church.

No, no that is the school.

You are so classic.


We will find the school and everything...

Everything will be there,

Only we will disappear.

Look how he is sleeping.

Grandpa, why?


Magister Maksimovic...

from the ministry of education...

with collegue's...

I apologize, is there any school near?

Take your seat Cane.

Stanimire , today we are going to study

russian grammar cases.

[speaking Russian]

Is this a school!?

Not anymore sister.

Have a drink.

Dont cry, it's not healthy,

such beautiful eyes should not cry.


Just a moment...

Its my beer !

Is this coal from state?

Yes it is.

Extinguish the fire!


Mr. Supervisor, beacuse the school has

only one student

beacuse the school has

only one student

I'm typing.

Are you typing?

I'm typing.

Are you typing?

I'm typing.

I state that the school does not fill basic

conditions for work.

With decision from ministry

of Republic Serbia

this school will be closed

for inspection

that means, keys...

Educational employee

on waiting

till transfer on new duty.

And the student will be

redirected to closest school.


Why you cry,

are you sad about school?

No, I feel sad about teacher.

What did i say about

coal from state!

I will put order here.

Grandpa, what is it, dont cry.

Dont cry grandpa.

I m not crying.

Let me sleep.

Something cracked in my head.

I feel like crying

What was break in the head?

I m near the end

my brain is falling apart

Grandpa will go

Right away or?

Not now

but soon

What are you doing?

Turn on the sedative

Come Cvetka

there is something nice.


What are you looking?

Go , shame on you.



Are you alive?

My grandpa

I decide to start from beginning

and there is one empty place


But miss...

Old days are coming

man never know

Some operation.

You see?

I guarantee,to sacrifice for you

But women, i will give everything for you

Woman go away from this village,

and this farmers

Last hole on earth.

I came in this hole alone,

my own choice.

You fill horny or?

Look friend , Bosa is getting smarter

You dont ask how is health?

Shes smarter now,

waiting, waiting

waiting to marry with you

and such a woman,

that drama


woman like limousine

With what good are you coming?

Its not so good,

bull needs to be castrated


Its really strong my friend...

We are fixing feet or...?


We cleaning him.

From what?

From sin.

Can animal be a sinner?

Animal cant, people are sinners.

So why are we cleaning him?

That he doesn bother

the cows.

And that cows not disturbing him also.

I dont understand.

You will, you will, hold the balls.

You calling me to come

Do you think im scared?

Whatever death comes, is not

worse then my life.

Look at my Cane.

Where i m gonna leave him?

And to who?

To fill your grandpas testament

you need to do three things.

First, you will take cow to

town and sell it

and buy icon of St.Nikola.

Buy also something for


Some souvenir, something

you like

What will I buy?

Dont know.

Town is made for, everything you see

you wanna buy.

You will have money, be smart

and choose with heart.

Ok, icon, souvenir,

is there third thing.

Yes there is third.

Should i buy something for Bosa?

Leave Bosa out of this

If you buy, buy doesnt matter.

What is the third?

Find in town one nice and good wife.

Should I buy it?

If you can, buy it.

There is no luck if you

need to pay for wife.

Grandpa, what we need wife for?

You need wife.

When i die, on this two


You and Bosa will

be alone

You need wife, you need family,


Im to little for that grandpa.

To little, come come...

Now i show you,

come, come

To little, you say.

But when you watched Bosa

when she was bading naked

then you didnt be little

But Bosa is bading like

once in year

Thats why you need wife,

that you look her every day

That you take a bath

every day

and that every day then thing,

you know

You know that....

To hug.



Cane, umbrella...

take the


Cane, you have in the town a man

called Trifun, a shoemaker...

He's got a house near the bridge

If you need something, he is my stepbrother.

Is Trifun alive?

I dont know.

I know where his house is.


Ladies and gentlemen...

The great Gimba.


Hes gone...


Farmer, i f*** your farmer mom


I f*** your cow.

My life's aim is to

kill a farmer.

To kill a farmer.

To kill the man.

You think its easy to

kill someone.

Its not.

You need to plan, discuss

You need a good weapon

What good weapon,

not like you, what?

take the gun in your hands?

feel bad and shot him?

But you wanna f*** the cow?

First i would f*** the cow,

after that it doesnt matter

Did you know that cows today

are products

of genetic engineering

they are just standing, eating,


and producing milk.

Straight into a machine.

I know some stuff, but about

engineering I don't know a thing

You dont know?

Does anyone understand?

What do you say?

Boss, I'll work with anything for money

just tell me and will f*** a cow, i will..

But i dont have the money...

I dont have money..

But you know that i know,

come with me..

Where is the money?

Tommorow or?

Tommorow you are in

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Emir Kusturica

Emir Kusturica (Serbian Cyrillic: Емир Кустурица, born 24 November 1954) is a Serbian filmmaker, actor and musician. He has been recognized for several internationally acclaimed feature films, as well as his projects in town-building. He has competed at the Cannes Film Festival on five occasions and won the Palme d'Or twice (for When Father Was Away on Business and Underground), as well as the Best Director prize for Time of the Gypsies. He has also won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Arizona Dream and a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival for Black Cat, White Cat. In addition he was also named Commander of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.Since the mid-2000s, Kusturica's primary residence has been in Drvengrad, a town built for his film Life Is a Miracle, in the Mokra Gora region of Serbia. He had portions of the historic village reconstructed for the film. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Republika Srpska since 9 November 2011. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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