Cine Las Americas 2012
By Caitlyn Collins | April 29, 2012
Writer: Darlene Naponse
Starring: Roseanne Supernault, Tantoo Cardinal, Adam Garcia, Nathaniel Arcand, Michelle St. John, Sage Petahtegoose
Quilla (Roseanne Supernault) journeys back to her childhood reservation home after learning about the death of her mother. As she gets out of the car at her aunt Marcy’s (Tantoo Cardinal) home, she coldly greets her sister June (Michelle St. John) and June’s boyfriend, Wade (Adam Garcia). It’s evident from the warm greetings she receives (and returns) from her aunt and cousin that Quilla has been away for quite some time.
Sugar, the mother of June, Quilla and Ella (Sage Petahtegoose) was mentally ill. This along with their abusive father is the cause of much anguish for June and Quilla, straining their relationship. Ella, the youngest sister, was raised by aunt Marcy when June and Quilla left the reservation. Over the period of several days, June and Quilla must confront their pasts as well as each other in order to move on with their lives. This includes Quilla’s reconnection with an old flame, Niingwauk (Nathaniel Arcand).
Every Emotion Costs – written, directed and produced by Darlene Naponse – gives insight into modern Native American rituals as well as how to cope with returning home. Naponse certainly does bring quite a bit of emotion to this story, but most of the scenes are overacted. Supernault’s performance as Quilla gives her the feel of a teenager rather than a successful twenty-something artist returning home after years away.