"On Friday, France’s Waiting for Bojangles hits the screen. The film has an unexpected local connection. Clare and Olivier Manchon composed and recorded the soundtrack during the pandemic while quarantining on the Vineyard. Ms. Manchon grew up on the Island (maiden name Clare Muldaur) and had decided to return to spend time with family at the start of the pandemic.

“We figured we’d stay a couple of weeks until everything blew over,” she said. “We ended up staying a year and a half.”

The film focuses on an insular family dealing with the effects of mental illness in 1950s Paris, themes that resonated deeply with the Manchons back in the spring of 2020.

“The parallels were pretty crazy, but thank goodness it didn’t end the same way,” Ms. Manchon said, avoiding spoilers."

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