Nov 5, 2016
Josh (All reviews)
My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness is a tragicomic autobiography. Kabi Nagata reports on her ongoing journey to become a well-adjusted adult. She confronts loneliness, mental illness, and sexual confusion. Nagata's report is simultaneously appalling and amusing.

When it comes to self-criticism, Nagata is unsparing. She lays bare her deepest flaws and darkest thoughts, apparently without embarrassment. Yet she regards the people around her as kind and helpful. If there is blame to be assigned, she assigns it to herself. Her humbleness is pleasant and invites sympathy.

Nagata employs deadpan narration, caricature, and inventive visual metaphors to paint depressing events with a coating of humour. In doing so, she runs the risk of appearing flippant or in denial of the seriousness of her own predicament. However, she mitigates that risk by including some moments of sober reflection — moments that are powerful because they are both unexpected and necessary.

Despite its short length, My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness offers much to be appreciated.