The beginning is absolutely remarkable...it's a child's-eye-view of life moving on after the death of a mother, and the feeling of it registers in every shot of the child actor's face. The ending isn't nearly as strong, going for simpler emotions, plus the combination of melodramatic danger and wilderness location shooting that Griffith and Sjostrom had done cleaner and tighter. Thanks to SF Silent for screening it!
With glorious location shooting to provide a natural balance to the sentimental story, Faces of Children is a silent masterpiece rich in composition and performances, most notably the lead Jean Forest. As a boy unwilling to accept his father's new wife after the death of his mother, Forest proves his first pairing with Feyder was no fluke–he is one of the more instinctive child actors of the silents.