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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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Tara Alice Scully ...
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Katy
Kieran Lagan ...
Ned
Frances Quinn ...
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Fergus
Joy McBrinn ...
Rag Lady
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Father Doyle
Lee Satell ...
Rory
Adam Downey ...
Jack
Shane Mahon ...
Paddy
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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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Love has many colors See more »

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild peril and smoking | See all certifications »
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13 February 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tomás and the Rainbow  »

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CAD 6,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Aidan Quinn and Connie Nielsen had previously worked together in Return to Sender (2004). See more »

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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: But that's nothing compared to being right inside a rainbow.
Tomás: You can really be inside one?
Maire: Aye. One day I'll show you that.
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An Portán Beag
Composed and Performed by The Henry Girls
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A very moving film
3 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

I saw this one last night. This is a gut-wrenchingly, poignant movie. Really glad I stumbled across this one in my DVD collection. Word of caution though, watch it with a hanky at hand!I was sobbing half way through it and am glad there was nobody around to catch me in the middle of my sob-fest. And the little boy- such a fine performance I was astounded. I don't want to spoil it for you, but it's a story about a little orphaned boy and his adoptive family. Very fine exploration of the nuances of human nature. But more than that, it is a story about love.

I thoroughly recommend watching this one, but it's not a date movie though.


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