Lock Charmer (Spanish: El cerrajero) is a 2014 Argentine drama film written and directed by Natalia Smirnoff. The film premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2014.
The film later premiered at the 2014 Fribourg International Film Festival on March 29, 2014.
Sebastian, a locksmith who doesn't believe in committed relationships, learns from his recent girlfriend, Monica, that she's pregnant and he might be the father. At the same time, he discovers a strange power: when he fixes people's locks, he gets a vision into their lives-a sudden flash revealing their feelings. But this unwanted gift starts to complicate his life. After he warns a maid named Daisy that her boyfriend is trouble, she leaves the boyfriend, and Sebastian takes her in. When yet another vision sheds light on his own life, Sebastian is forced to examine his hang-ups, his family, and his relationship with Monica. - Written by Sundance Film Festival
33 year-old locksmith, Sebastian doesnt believe in committed relationships. He learns from his recent girlfriend, Monica, that shes pregnant but she isnt sure that he is the father. During the same time, he discovers that whenever he fixes someones locks, he gets a vision into their lives, which reveals their feelings. Soon this power starts to complicate his life. After he warns a maid named Daisy that her boyfriend is stealing from her boss, she leaves her boyfriend, and Sebastian takes her in. But when he sees a vision about his own life, Sebastian is forced to examine every aspect of his life.
Esteban Lamothe as Sebastian
Erica Rivas as Monica
Yosiria Huaripata as Daisy
Sergio Boris as Sebastians father
German de Silva
Lock Charmer received positive reviews upon its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Geoff Berkshire of Variety, said in his review that "Natalia Smirnoffs second feature is a wisp of melancholy comedy with a dose of magical realism." Boyd van Hoeij in his review for The Hollywood Reporter called the film "A modest but quite charming feature about an Argentinean locksmith who unlocks truths about the lives of his clients." Eric Kohn from Indiewire praised the film by saying that "Measured and never indulgent in its depiction of the plots mystical ingredients, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Lock CharmerÃ¢â‚¬Â� does a great job at blending two genres and placing them in the strangeness of the 2008 setting" and praised the performances of Lamothe and Huaripata that "Lamothe portrays the locksmith as a man at once perturbed by the behavior of the women in his life and resentful towards his male role model Ã¢â‚¬â€� namely, his estranged father. The natural chemistry between him and Huaripata, as Daisy, matches the efficiency of the movies direction."