Lock Charmer

In this low-key variation on Stephen King’s The Dead Zone, a shy locksmith in Buenos Aires acquires the ability to intuit his clients’ innermost secrets and discovers that most people get through life by lying to themselves. This leads him to reevaluate his own behavior, but he’s too timid to change his life even after he realizes he should. Writer-director Natalia Smirnoff emphasizes character and atmosphere over plot; apart from a few small interpersonal conflicts, this 2014 drama focuses exclusively on the hero’s internal development. It feels like a short story more than a novel, but given the sympathetic and detailed characterization, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In Spanish with subtitles.