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Visages d'enfants (1925)

Not Rated | | Drama , Mystery , Romance | 1925 (Germany)
A man whose wife has died remarries, and his new wife has a daughter of her own from a previous marriage. The man's young son, however, who loved his mother deeply and misses her terribly, ... See full summary »

Director:

Jacques Feyder

Writers:

Jacques Feyder (scenario), Françoise Rosay
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean Forest Jean Forest ... Jean Amsler, der Sohn
Victor Vina Victor Vina ... Pierre Amsler, der Vater
Pierrette Houyez Pierrette Houyez ... Pierrette Amsler, die Tochter
Jeanne Marie-Laurent Jeanne Marie-Laurent ... La domestique
Rachel Devirys Rachel Devirys ... Jeanne Dutois, zweite Frau Amslers
Henri Duval Henri Duval ... Le Canonier
Arlette Peyran Arlette Peyran ... Arlette Dutois, die Stieftochter
Suzy Vernon ... La mère de Jean
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Barrois Charles Barrois
F. Greffin F. Greffin
P. Lecoq P. Lecoq
Arturo Porchet Arturo Porchet ... Le prêtre (as Arthur Porchet)
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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. The man's young son, however, who loved his mother deeply and misses her terribly, resents his father's new wife, not wanting her to take the place of his beloved mother, and makes life miserable for his new stepsister.. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

1925 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Segunda Mãe See more »

Filming Locations:

Saint-Luc, Valais, Switzerland See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Nederlands Filmmuseum) | (2004 restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film was an artistic success but a terrible commercial failure, causing the bankruptcy of Mundus Film. As for de Zoubaloff, he moved into the radio set selling while Porchet became the technical manager of the Swiss Film Office. See more »

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Are You My Mother?
20 August 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

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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