This movie is a total brazilian masterpiece. While not having a huge budget and suffering from a few technical problems, these minor issues don't jeopardize the greatness of the piece as a whole.
It is an adaptation of a theatrical play by great and immortal brazilian writer Ariano Suassuna.
While telling the stories and sometimes unbelievable adventures of two poor guys in the brazilian northern countryside, it also shows the hard reality they have to cope with, and the role religion and saints play in this situation.
Sometimes flirting with magic realism, this movie is nothing short of an epic showing the crusade of two men to achieve their glory, which happens to be a few bread crumbles to make it through another day, a fair maiden to call its own and the favor of the saints that shall save their immortal soul.