Review: ‘The Silent Twins’ Never Quite Delivers The Message

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Much like the name implies, The Silent Twins lacks much of a message or anything to say, undercutting the unique visuals and solid performances of all involved.

Based on a true story and a book of the same name, The Silent Twins tells the tale of two twin sisters who refuse to speak except to one another, together creating their own imaginative world to escape to.  Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance showcase their acting talents through powerful, poignant performances that ultimately are overshadowed by the fallacies of The Silent Twins.  On one end, director Agnieszka Smoczynska elevates the story through the use animation, original art from the sisters, and more that showcases the intelligence and intriguing minds of the twins. But where the film falters is in addressing what is presented, namely the failure to truly dive into the racism they encountered on a day to day basis. The ingredients are there, yet never come together.

Though I wish we would have been able to get more into the heads of the twins in the face of the experiences they were encountering, the film does right by them in developing an empathy-filled story that draws the audience in. We ultimately are presented with a story of resilience and conquest with the twins fighting against a society that is against the outsider, a journey that Wright and Lawrance intriguingly guide the audience on. Just don’t expect the exclamation mark.

The Silent Twins hits theaters this Friday.

Rating: 3/5

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