Peace by Chocolate, the film based on the true story of the Hadhad family, is now in theatres. And the reviews are in — sitting at an 84% Critic Rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and 8.2/10 on IMDB, it’s shaping up to be one of the great, heartwarming flicks of the year. Let’s take a look at what some folks are saying:
If you’ve already read the book, you’ll be familiar with the story. But for those who aren’t familiar with this extraordinary tale, Peace by Chocolate tells the amazing story of the Hadhad family — Isam, his wife Shahnaz, and their sons and daughters — and the founding of the chocolatier, Peace by Chocolate. From the devastation of the Syrian civil war, through their life as refugees in Lebanon, to their arrival in a small town in Atlantic Canada, Peace by Chocolate is the story of one family. It is also the story of the people of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and so many towns across Canada, who welcomed strangers and helped them face the challenges of settling in an unfamiliar land.
Watch the trailer now:
Tareq Hadhad also appeared on CTV Your Morning to talk about the release of the film:
You can also listen to Tareq Hadhad and filmmaker Jonathan Keijser on CBC Q with Tom Power here.
Do we have you convinced yet? If you’re interested in catching the film while it’s still in theatres, check for showtimes near you — fair warning, you might want to pick up some chocolate at the concession stand! If you want to know more about the story of the Hadhad family, you can order a copy of Peace by Chocolate by Jon Tattrie.