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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:
... Maire
... Alec
... Tomás
... Seamus
Tara Alice Scully ... Nancy
... Katy
Kieran Lagan ... Ned
Frances Quinn ... Mrs. Kane
... Fergus
Joy McBrinn ... Rag Lady
... Father Doyle
Lee Satell ... Rory
Adam Downey ... Jack
Shane Mahon ... Paddy
... 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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rainbow | island | love | ireland | orphan | See All (38) »


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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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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?


Spectacular rainbows and double rainbows are a common occurrence in the part of Ireland where the film was shot. 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: Nothing wrong with a bit of colour, is there?
Alec: Not as long as it's on you.
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The Trip To Inistrahull
Composed by Lorna McLaughlin
Performed by The Henry Girls
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nice little movie
3 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

Tomás (John Bell) is a shy, stuttering orphan bullied by the other kids. He is adopted by Maire (Connie Nielsen) but her husband Alec (Aidan Quinn) is reluctant. They live in an isolated farm house on remote Corrie Island, Ireland. Alec has yet to sign the adoption papers. They find an abandoned baby seal and Tomás takes care of it.

This has a nice quiet charm but it's lacking in drama. There is no tension in the story. These are perfectly nice characters. It needs a hurdle but the only hurdle exists in Alec. That's not enough unless the movie intends to make him a villain. There are slight attempts at magical realism. While they are nice, they are not big enough to be awesome. This is a nice little movie but not much more.

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