The film portraits the in-between migrant condition of Mekas at that time, or, as the director would say, of “a displaced person who hasn't yet forgotten the native country but hasn't gained a new one”. According to Mekas himself, the period he was dealing with in these six reels was “a period of desperation, of attempts to grow roots into the new ground, to create new memories”. The title "Lost, Lost, Lost", was borrowed from the title of a film he and his brother wanted to make in 1949. Also in his words, he was trying to indicate what it feels to be in exile, how he felt in those years. However, in the last reel, a new and somehow happy life seems to begin.