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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 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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Trivia

Aidan Quinn and Connie Nielsen had previously worked together in Return to Sender (2004). 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: 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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Great film
5 June 2013 | by kittiwake94See all my reviews

The film truly captures the spirit of the book which I read first. I have only one quibble ... seeing as the book is set where I come from: Lilian Beckwith lived in the village of Elgol on the Isle of Skye. John Bell is a Scottish actor from Paisley. Why on earth transpose the whole thing to Ireland? What's wrong with keeping it where it belongs? That aside, the film was beautifully acted and never descended to mere sentimentalism. Never were you made to squirm. This is a film which could be recommended to any family. It deals with the really difficult issues of life ... loss, acceptance and how unconditional love can cause a person to grow into who they can truly be inside. Also how unconditional love can heal.


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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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