A Shine of Rainbows
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.
© 2009 Smudge Ventures Inc./SOR Productions Ltd. A Canada-Ireland Coproduction. All Rights Reserved.
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Magical coming-of-age story is intensely emotional.
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Fresh: Far from the most convincing source of matinee entertainment, it's pleasing to find something not backed by an aggressive marketing campaign, focused on the plague of modern youth, or weighed down by bathroom humor.
- Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: A family film that risks drowning in its own syrup.
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, Friday, April 9, 2010
Fresh: A Shine of Rainbows is a sweet tale about a little boy and the mother who teaches him to appreciate every nook and cranny of everyday life.
- Liz Braun, Jam! Movies, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Beautiful. Magical. Scenic. Heartwarming. Charming. Tearjerker. All my favorite qualities wrapped up in one nice little Irish film. I am a sucker for movies that revolve around children, and this one was no exception..Loved it!!
- itsjustme2004, Monday, October 22, 2012
The first time I saw newcomer John Bell as Tomas in A Shine of Rainbows, i saw an orphan filled with desire to be loved. When I saw Aidan Quinn, playing the boy's adoptive father, I saw resentment. And when I saw Connie Nielsen, as the boy's adoptive mother, I saw someone filled with magic.The kind of magic that could change someone's life, by just allowing them to be themselves.It took place on Corrie Island, close to the coast of Ireland, and it brought so much color to the movie, with breath taking landscapes. Some might consider the story to be too much sentimental, but it was not. It was too sincere and real for that. The beautiful scenery, and wonderful performances, put me under a spell. I cared for these characters. It was amazing how something that might not seem like much on the outside, could end up being so powerful and moving.It was a feel good movie despite of the tragedy Tomas experienced at such a young age. The message brought here was how love given to a complete stranger could transform people in such a positive way.
- mvieaddict, Saturday, April 9, 2011