The story of the Gibbons twins differs depending on who is telling it.
For their parents, who emigrated from the Caribbean to Wales in the 1960s, they could never understand why their daughters stopped speaking. For the psychiatrists and hospital staff who attended to the girls, it was a problem to be solved by any means necessary. For June and Jennifer Gibbons themselves, the story of their lives is something far more astounding.
In The Silent Twins, Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance star as June and Jennifer, respectively, identical twins who only communicated with one another. The movie spans their youth as the only Black children in their U.K. community (Leah Mondesir Simmons and Eva-Arianna Baxter play young versions of the twins) through to their decade-long institutionalization and into the fantastical dream work the sisters created as an escape to their own reality.
Based on Marjorie Wallace's 1986 book of the same name, the movie marks the English-language debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska and premiered earlier this year in Un Certain Regard during the Cannes Film Festival.
The Silent Twins opens in theaters September 16. Watch the trailer below.