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A Shine of Rainbows (2009)

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A lonely orphan's life is transformed by an extraordinary woman who teaches him to conquer grief and discover the magic in nature and himself.

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Vic Sarin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Connie Nielsen ... Maire
Aidan Quinn ... Alec
John Bell ... Tomás
Jack Gleeson ... Seamus
Tara Alice Scully Tara Alice Scully ... Nancy
Niamh Shaw Niamh Shaw ... Katy
Kieran Lagan Kieran Lagan ... Ned
Frances Quinn Frances Quinn ... Mrs. Kane
Karl O'Neill ... Fergus
Joy McBrinn ... Rag Lady
Ian McElhinney ... Father Doyle
Lee Satell Lee Satell ... Rory
Adam Downey Adam Downey ... Jack
Shane Mahon Shane Mahon ... Paddy
Fionn O'Shea ... Orphan Boy #1
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Storyline

Maire O'Donnell is a loving woman as rare as a double rainbow. Joyful, warm and caring, she adopts a young orphan named Tomas and whisks him off to a new home on remote Corrie Island, off the coast of Ireland. Maire shares with Tomas the joys of her island home and introduces him to the whimsical local folklore, including the secret of the seals, and teaches him that everything you need is inside of you- if you really look. But Maire's stern husband Alec silently disapproves of Tomas' timidity and halting speech. He can't hide his disappointment that Tomas isn't the kind of child he was hoping for and his reluctance to get to know the boy makes Tomas unsure of whether he really belongs. Soon though, Tomas too falls in love with his home, befriending local children, descending into a secret bat-filled cave, and saving a stranded baby seal. When tragedy strikes however, Tomas is faced with his greatest challenge yet. He'll lose everything unless he can find- and share- the unique gifts ... Written by Sepiafilms

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ireland | rainbow | island | love | orphan | See All (37) »

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The greatest journeys are the ones that bring you home See more »

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild peril and smoking | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tomás and the Rainbow See more »

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Budget:

CAD6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The monument of standing stones on the island was built for the film. Some of the huge 'stones' were made from concrete, others from polystyrene. However, many tourists to the area mistook the monument for a real stone age site. See more »

Goofs

The image of the double rainbow shown near the end is incorrect. The colors of the second (outer) rainbow will be inverted, with blue on the outside and red moved to the inside. The second bow will appear dimmer or cloudier. See more »

Quotes

Maire: You hardly talk to him.
Alec: Ach... I try. He hardly says a word.
Maire: You have to show him that you want him.
Alec: I feed him, put clothes on his back, share my house with him. I can't help not having feelings for him the way you do.
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Soundtracks

Early In The Morning
Lyrics by Matthew Jennings and Karen McLaughlin
Music by The Henry Girls
Performed by The Henry Girls and Keith Power
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a 10 on ALL counts
3 March 2012 | by sundisilverSee all my reviews

I give this movie a "10" on the cinematography alone, but it's so much more than that. The story is heartwarming, directing is perfect, acting is superb (even young John Bell in what is likely his first role), and the musical score is worth purchasing on its own. Loved every piece of it.

The story centers around an orphan (Bell) who is adopted by a beautiful and 'colorful' Irish woman (Connie Nielson, an actress new to me but I will definitely look for her again) and her reluctant husband (Quinn, an A-list actor who never ever disappoints) and whisked off to picturesque Corrie Island in County Donegal. The film tugs at your heart without being maudlin or without even a hint at 'over-acting,' so common in movies about orphans. (Kudos to the director.)

I cannot recommend this film highly enough and am shocked that I had never heard of it before renting it on a lark.


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