Alone Yet Not Alone is a riveting historical drama based on a true story by Tracy Leininger Craven. It captures the violence during the French and Indian War when the two daughters of a German-American family are taken captive during a tribal attack. The oldest daughter Barbara (Natalie Racoosin and Kelly Greyson) maintains her faith throughout the difficult years by holding on to the words of the family’s favorite hymn, “Alone Yet Not Alone”.
I came in with high expectations for this movie and it managed to exceed my expectations. I was already familiar with the story since I’d read the book, and George Escobar and James Richards did a fantastic job of bringing the book to life on the big screen. There were a few minor changes from the book, but overall, they maintained the spirit of the story perfectly.
I absolutely loved the cinematography. In addition to the breathtaking settings, I was impressed with the camera and choreography techniques such as the camera booms that revealed multiple vignettes all lined up on a hillside and the handheld jerky camera during times of turmoil and confusion.
The acting throughout the movie was top notch. The female leads (Joanie Stewart, Kelly Greyson, Jenn Gotzon, and Natalie Racoosin) were particularly strong. If I didn’t know better, I would assume that Joanie always spoke with a German accent. And Jenn’s portrayal of Lydia being burned on the stake gave me chills. Her approach was so unexpected and yet so right.
The only negative with the acting was that I didn’t feel the male roles were quite as fleshed out as the female roles. We were told that Galasko was the gentler brother and Hannawoa the evil one, but with the exception of the proposal scene and the cross country chase, we didn’t get to see the contrast as vividly as I would have liked.
I would highly recommend this movie for anyone middle school or older. It would be a great resource for homeschoolers of other history lovers as it brings the French and Indian War to life. It’s also one of those rare movies that can be appreciated equally by men and women with its mix of intense action and tender moments.
Alone Yet Not Alone played in select theaters this past weekend. It opens in the rest of the country in February. Be sure to check it out when it comes to your town!