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1925 (Germany) See more »
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A man whose wife has died remarries, and his new wife has a daughter of her own from a previous marriage... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Jean Forest ... Jean Amsler, der Sohn
Victor Vina ... Pierre Amsler, der Vater
Pierrette Houyez ... Pierrette Amsler, die Tochter
Jeanne Marie-Laurent ... La domestique
Rachel Devirys ... Jeanne Dutois, zweite Frau Amslers
Henri Duval ... Le Canonier
Arlette Peyran ... Arlette Dutois, die Stieftochter
Suzy Vernon ... La mère de Jean
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Barrois
F. Greffin
P. Lecoq
Arturo Porchet ... Le prêtre (as Arthur Porchet)

Directed by
Jacques Feyder 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dimitri De Zoubaloff  uncredited
Jacques Feyder  scenario
Françoise Rosay 

Produced by
Aloys de Christen .... producer
Dimitri De Zoubaloff .... producer
Arturo Porchet .... producer (as Arthur Adrien Porchet)
 
Original Music by
Antonio Coppola (2003 alternate version)
 
Cinematography by
Léonce-Henri Burel 
Paul Parguel 
 
Film Editing by
Jacques Feyder 
 
Art Direction by
Jacques Feyder 
 
Production Management
Charles Schuepbach .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Barrois .... assistant director
Arturo Porchet .... assistant director (as Arthur Porchet)
Françoise Rosay .... assistant director
 
Other crew
Edouard Lepage .... studio manager
Ernette Tamm .... script supervisor (as E. Tammy)
 

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Also Known As:
"Visages d'enfants" - France (original title)
"Children's Faces" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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Runtime:
UK:114 min | 111 min (18 fps) (Nederlands Filmmuseum) | France:117 min (2004 restored version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Film in seven acts.See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Are You My Mother?, 20 August 2012
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

In the mountains of Saint-Luc, devastated pre-teen Jean Forest (as Jean Amsler) attends the funeral of his mother. Too young to understand, little sister Pierrette Houyez (as Pierrette) happily plays at home. She will be told mother is on a trip. Despondent father Victor Vina (as Pierre) is especially concerned about raising his girl without a mother. Soon, he passes on visiting his deceased wife's grave with son Jean to spend time with neighboring widow Rachel Devirys (as Jeanne Dutois). They are married and Ms. Devirys moves in with her own daughter, Arlette Peyran (as Arlette). Shuttled away for the wedding, Jean resents the intrusion...

This excellent silent is almost derailed in the early running. Specifically, it is when young Jean is determined too sensitive to attend his father's second marriage and sent off to live with his godfather (Henri Duval). The kindly priest's mission is to break the news to Jean gently, and return him within a month. It ends with Mr. Duval dropping Jean off some distance from his house; the boy walks home, alone and unannounced. Then Duvall, presumably a close family friend, is not seen again. All in all, this is a strange way for the adults in this drama to treat a child. It illustrates isolation, of course, but could have been left out or done more eloquently...

However, there are no problems understanding this story. In the opening, director Jacques Feyder crushes the screen with the dead mother's coffin, which we see through the eyes of her son. The death of a parent and introduction of a replacement has a profound effect on young Jean. We feel the full weight of that casket. Performers, especially the children, are captured acting naturally. Location photography of the Swiss Alps is beautiful, especially as set up and angled by Mr. Feyder and his crew. The indoor/outdoor sets are terrific, also. And, the ending approaches D.W. Griffith's "Way Down East" (1920) in icy edited excitement.

******** Visages d'enfants (1/24/25) Jacques Feyder ~ Jean Forest, Victor Vina, Rachel Devirys, Henri Duval

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