Love Inventory

Israel 2000. 90 min. 35 mm/Digibeta
Hebrew (English subtitles)

A story of five siblings looking for a lost sister
 who end up finding themselves.

After the death of their parents, Filmmaker David Fisher feels that his family has grown apart and that his siblings are focused on their careers and relationships with their spouses and children. Fisher believed that a search for their sister, who was allegedly taken from their parents at birth, will help them bond. Fisher and his four siblings, whose parents were Holocaust survivors, set out on a journey that deals with both family dynamics and the history and establishment of the State of Israel. The siblings become amateur detectives, searching for any evidence that might lead them to their sister.

Love inventory is the First film in David's Fisher's family trilogy followed by Mostar Round-Trip and Six Million and One (2011).

The film was produced for Noga Communications Channel 8 with the support of The New Fund for Cinema and Television (NFCT) and the Israeli Film Council.

The film was broadcast on the PBS in the USA (Independent Lens), on ARTE (Grand Format) in Europe and on Channel 8 and also on YESDocu in Israel.

Festivals and Awards:
Wolgin award for Best Documentary at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2000 - World premiere
Ophir Award for Best Documentary by The Israeli Film Academy, 2000
Best Documentary award at the DocuNoga Contest, 2000
Merit Award at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival, 2001
Bronze Award at Worldfest Houston 2001
Berlin Film Festival, 2001 - International premiere
INPUT Television Conference in Capetown, 2001
Additional international film festivals:
Chicago Doc International
DokFest Munich
Jewish film festivals: San FranciscoVancouverToronto and more...

Critical Reviews:
“Love Inventory is a riveting documentary, both thematically and technically, that renders the lines between fictional and nonfictional cinema almost irrelevant. Winner of the 2000 Wolgin Prize for Best Documentary, film is structured as a multi-layered emotional journey taken by four brothers and one sister to find the grave of their brother, who died in infancy, and search for information about his twin sister, who disappeared shortly after their births in 1951” and concluded by: “Stylish and technically accomplished enough to compete with documentaries shown in major festivals around the world, Love Inventory is a gem that does Israeli cinema proud.”
Emanuel Levy, Variety, August 14, 2000

"The openness and authenticity of the five siblings in front of the camera made a lot of viewers weep and laugh all at once. It presented one of the festival's most beautiful and moving moments.”
Yehuda Stav, Yedioth Ahronoth, the morning after the film's world premiere at the Jerusalem International Film Festival july 17, 2000

“Director David Fisher granted a gift to the festival yesterday. His film Love Inventory is a charming and moving story, personal without being pressuring, embarrassing or voyeuristic.”
Irit Shamgar, Maariv, July 18, 2000

“Without resorting to over excitement and with a keen sense of loss but also of humor, the film builds the chronicles of a family that has to continue the struggle to survive and also stay united.”
Margarete Wach from the catalogue of the Berlin International Film Festival 2001

"Luckily for the forum's manager the Israeli film Love Inventory is one of Berlin International Film Festival Forum category's best films."
Hans-Jorg, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, February 2, 2001

"The film sensitively weaves the story of an intimate family history, both singular and banal, and ultimately universal."
Le Monde, April 6, 2001

“Shot on video and looking like a home movie, Israeli filmmaker David Fisher’s autobiographical effort turns into a crafty exploration of the meaning of family, individuality, mortality, and memory.”
Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix, September 6, 2001

“Pretentions, occasionally moving, intriguing, fascinatingly made and helps our understanding of ourselves, including the Holocaust topic which remains in the background.”
Nachman Ingbar, Achbar Hair, July 7, 2001

"In the final analysis love inventory is a story about just that – love – and is well told"
Barry Davis, The Jerusalem Post, July 7, 2000
  Scriptwriter and Director: David Fisher
Camera: Itzik Portal
Editor: Tali Halter-Shenkar
Script Editor: Aya Minster
Original Score: Amnon Fisher, Doron Shenkar
 Producers: Yahaly Gat, David Fisher

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