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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tara Alice Scully ...
Kieran Lagan ...
Frances Quinn ...
Mrs. Kane
Joy McBrinn ...
Rag Lady
Father Doyle
Lee Satell ...
Adam Downey ...
Shane Mahon ...
Orphan Boy #1


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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Plot Keywords:

rainbow | island | love | ireland | orphan | See All (38) »


Love has many colors See more »


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


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Release Date:

13 February 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tomás and the Rainbow  »

Box Office


CAD 6,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At his audition 'John Bell (XXiV)' was asked to perform an emotional scene which required him to cry. When he came out of the audition, parents of other young hopefuls took his tears to be real and commented on the stress of the situation, thinking the boy had been put under pressure by ambitious parents. See more »


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 »


Maire: Did you not know seals have special powers? Since times long forgotten, Ireland's people have known seals are messengers. They can find spirits who have passed on and give them messages about things you want them to know.
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The Trip To Inistrahull
Composed by Lorna McLaughlin
Performed by The Henry Girls
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Beautiful and touching.
5 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A shy, stuttering 8-year-old boy moves from the orphanage he's lived in since the death of his grandmother to an Irish island with his adoptive, free-spirited woman and her cold, silent husband. The story that unfolds is about both the boy and the husband coming out of their shells and learning to express and value what's important in their lives.

THE GOOD: The performances of every single actor in the film stand out. Particularly the child actors do an extraordinary job. The emotional fabric of the film is wonderful. You have to be touched if you have any emotions at all! The cinematography is jaw-dropping-gorgeous, owing mostly to the beautiful Irish setting.

THE BAD: There's no way around the simplicity of the script; you know everything that's going to happen long, long before it actually happens. In most films, this would be crippling; however, here it doesn't really matter because the story's about the characters, not the plot.

THE VERDICT: Heart-warming, beautiful, emotional, and family-friendly. You should most certainly watch this.

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