A Shine of Rainbows

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  100 min.
Release Date: April 9, 2010 (limited)
DVD: March 15, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 4.61
based on 54 votes and 17 reviews
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Cast: Connie Nielsen, Aidan Quinn, John Bell


Tomás (John Bell), a frail, shy eight-year-old, has been living a solitary life in a drab orphanage—sad, friendless and alone. Then a joyous burst of colour comes into his world: Maire O'Donnell (Connie Nielsen), whose smile and spirit light up the darkest room—and Tomás's heart. Before he knows it, Tomas is on a boat, sailing to wind-swept Corrie Island off the coast of Ireland, where he meets Alec, her reticent husband who cannot hide his disappointment with the boy.

Director: Vic Sarin
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): James Flynn, Tina Pehme, Kim Roberts
Screenplay: Dennis Foon, Vic Sarin, Catherine Spear
Official Site: www.ashineofrainbows.com

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  • 5 stars "I have this movie and I love it. But the one I have is called Tomas and the Rainbow. The copyright on is 2009. So what is the difference and why a different name?"
  • 3 stars "The film is overly sweet and emotionally manipulative, but still had many things to enjoy. Solid performances by all, including the breathtakingly beautiful Irish countryside and coastline. Aidan Quinn is all grown up and never looked better."
  • 5 stars "Sad, but very uplifting... I left the theatre in tears, but with a spring in my step!"