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Lock Charmer
Lock Charmer poster.jpg
Sundance film poster
Directed byNatalia Smirnoff
Written byNatalia Smirnoff
Produced byJuan Pablo Miller
StarringEsteban Lamothe
Érica Rivas
Yosiria Huaripata
Sergio Boris
CinematographyGuillermo Nieto
Edited byDelfina Castagnino
Music byAlejandro Franov
Production
company
Memento Films
Release date
Running time
77 minutes
CountryArgentina
LanguageSpanish

Lock Charmer (Spanish: El cerrajero) is a 2014 Argentine drama film written and directed by Natalia Smirnoff.[1][2][3] The film premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2014.[4][5]

The film later premiered at the 2014 Fribourg International Film Festival on March 29, 2014.[6][7]

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Spanish language

Spanish language

Spanish is a Romance language of the Indo-European language family that evolved from colloquial Latin spoken in the Iberian Peninsula of Europe. Today, it is a global language with more than 500 million native speakers, mainly in the Americas and Spain. Spanish is the official language of 20 countries. It is the world's second-most spoken native language after Mandarin Chinese; the world's fourth-most spoken language overall after English, Mandarin Chinese, and Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu); and the world's most widely spoken Romance language. The largest population of native speakers is in Mexico.

Natalia Smirnoff

Natalia Smirnoff

Natalia Smirnoff is an Argentine film director and screenwriter. Her 2010 film Rompecabezas was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.

2014 Sundance Film Festival

2014 Sundance Film Festival

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival took place from January 16, 2014 until January 26, 2014 in Park City, Utah, United States, with screenings in Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance Resort in Utah. The festival opened with Whiplash directed by Damien Chazelle and closed with musical drama Rudderless directed by William H. Macy.

Fribourg International Film Festival

Fribourg International Film Festival

The Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF) is an annual film festival in Fribourg, Switzerland. It is focused on selected films from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Grand Prize is the main award of the Fribourg International Film Festival.

Plot

Thirty-three-year-old locksmith, Sebastian doesn't believe in committed relationships. He learns from his recent girlfriend, Monica, that she's pregnant but she isn't 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.

Reception

Lock Charmer received positive reviews upon its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Geoff Berkshire of Variety, said in his review that "Natalia Smirnoff's second feature is a wisp of melancholy comedy with a dose of magical realism."[8] 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."[9] Eric Kohn from Indiewire praised the film by saying that "Measured and never indulgent in its depiction of the plot's mystical ingredients, “Lock Charmer” 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 — namely, his estranged father. The natural chemistry between him and Huaripata, as Daisy, matches the efficiency of the movie's direction."[10]

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Accolades

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Natalia Smirnoff Nominated
2014 Fribourg International Film Festival Grand Prix Natalia Smirnoff Nominated

Source: "Lock Charmer", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lock_Charmer.

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References
  1. ^ "LatinoBuzz: Natalia Smirnoff Director of 'Lock Charmer' On Premiering Her Film at Sundance 2014". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  2. ^ "Sundance 2014: Meet Natalia Smirnoff, Argentine Director of 'Lock Charmer' and Lover of 'The Avengers'". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  3. ^ "Natalia Smirnoff, Lock Charmer". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "Sundance 2014: World Cinema Dramatic Competition". Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "Lock Charmer (El cerrajero) - Director Natalia Smirnoff". Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  6. ^ "Lock Charmer - El Cerrajero". Archived from the original on April 27, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "28e FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE FILMS DE FRIBOURG 2014 - March 29 - April 5, 2014". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  8. ^ "Film Review: 'Lock Charmer'". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  9. ^ "The Lock Charmer (El cerrajero): Sundance Review". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  10. ^ "Sundance Review: 'Lock Charmer' Wonderfully Explores the Magic of Being Honest". Retrieved April 14, 2014.

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