MERIT AWARD Taiwan International Documentary Festival (2002)
BEST DOCUMENTARY Jerusalem Film Festival (2000)
BEST DOCUMENTARY DocuNaga (2000)
BEST DOCUMENTARY Israeli Academy Award (2000)
After the loss of his parents, filmmaker David Fisher feared that his tightly knit family was growing apart. Born and raised in Israel, the Fisher siblings—three brothers, one sister—were grappling with common concerns of families everywhere: divorce, child-raising, job pressures, emotional problems. Bittersweet, honest and touchingly funny, LOVE INVENTORY chronicles Fisher’s attempt to solve a personal mystery—uniting his troubled family in the process.
As Fisher and his siblings sift through family papers after the death of their father, a long-buried secret rises to the surface. For years, their mother had mentioned that her first children had been twins, a boy and a girl, but that the girl had disappeared shortly after birth. The Fishers knew they had an older brother who had died after only a few months, but were uncertain what to make of the stories about the missing twin. Did she die in infancy as well, and if so, where was she buried? Or could she even still be alive, unknowingly living in the same city? What would she look like—and what happened to her?
Fisher enlists the help of his siblings in solving this mystery, hoping to help heal his family as well as bring it closer together. Trekking through graveyards, fighting against time and bureaucracy, and poring over decaying volumes of death records and hospital archives, the Fishers slowly begin unlock and unravel the past, looking back half a century to Israel’s own difficult birth. By galvanizing his siblings in a search for truth, Fisher uncovers a family fighting for its own existence in this highly unique and intimate personal documentary.
"Undisputedly the highlight of the 2000 Jerusalem Film Festival, David Fisher's LOVE INVENTORY is a riveting documentary, both thematically and technically, that renders the lines between fictional and non-fictional cinema almost irrelevant....a gem that does the Israeli cinema proud."
-Variety, August 2000
"A remarkable piece of intimate documentary making."
-Barry Davis, The Jerusalem Post
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Israel, 2000, 93 minutes,
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed By David Fisher
Public Exhibition formats: 35mm, Beta, DVD