Movies based on true stories don’t typically open with a sequence made with stop-motion animation. But then The Silent Twins attempts to tell two stories, only one of them more or less true.
The live-action drama is about June and Jennifer Gibbons, British Caribbean twin sisters who rarely spoke to anyone except each other. The funkily animated interludes derive from the sisters’ fantastical fictions, many of which they attempted to have published. Director Agnieszka Smoczynska clearly means for the two narrative elements to dovetail, but more often they clash.