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First Look
68 Ratings


Directed by Michaël Andrianaly
Madagascar, France, 2019
  • Malagasy
  • English
First Look


In Madagascar, after the municipality tears down his hair salon, Roméo has to leave Tamatave’s high street for the city’s popular districts. He moves into a small shabby shed where he dreams of building a proper salon.

Our take

We’re partnering with the Museum of the Moving Image to offer highlights from First Look, starting with an intimate portrait of a barber in Madagascar offering patrons an empathetic ear. The film lends its subject similar warmth, gradually revealing personal challenges and issues facing the nation.

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Awards & Festivals

Cinéma du Réel

2019 | 2 wins including: Institut Français - Louis Marcorelles Award

Critics reviews

Nofinofy isn’t a film that deals in extravagance but in simplicity. It’s a mirror of life in Madagascar; it’s therapy for a director who experienced firsthand the violence that corruption breeds; it’s dreams being realized.
March 06, 2020
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What are people saying?

  • saitosouta's rating of the film Nofinofy

    3.5 Its thoroughly matter-of-fact depiction resonates with loosened, rustic atmosphere, transforming into a window open to the iridescent culture of Madagascar, unfortunately one of underknown country, and my heart is hooked by "Nofinofy" because I'm a son of a hairdresser who runs the beauty salon so I'm surprised that a hairdresser in Madagascar doesn't use scissors but hair clipper delicately, culture difference!

  • ciarra davis's rating of the film Nofinofy

    This film illuminates how poverty and society around you cannot limit the dream installed on the inside of you at least for the main character. People struggled with their government and foreign leaders , they worked hard for little pay,lived in harsh conditions not able to provide for their own children.I also seen harmony, consistent encouragement and warm fellowship .Great Film.

  • Bran's rating of the film Nofinofy

    I didn't expect to so taken away with this - the set and setting are fascinating but the problems they face are sadly common. I enjoyed the way the director revealed certain flaws in the character over time, getting to know them better led to discovering their demons. It's delicately orchestrated and there's a moment toward that end that really closed the book perfectly.

  • Christine Wei's rating of the film Nofinofy


  • Gallus's rating of the film Nofinofy

    A story of a barber who has to fight the change in government to get a permit for a new salon after being kicked out of his own place and his search for a locale for close to two years, meanwhile we dwell deep into the townsfolk and their ideal phones towards their own leaders and financial situations, unaccomplished dreams and a call for action. If only had more things to say, still it has a reason to exist.

  • mlillydesign's rating of the film Nofinofy

    A wonderful experience. A totally absorbing film.

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