A Shine of Rainbows

A Shine of Rainbows
A Shine of Rainbows
  • PG
  • 1h 51m
  • 2010
Common Sense Media Iconage 10+
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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 inside of him. Risking all, Tomas embarks on a perilous journey where he will need to call on his ability to see joy and color even when in the darkest place, in order to triumph and come home. A Shine of Rainbows is a story about the transformational power of love, about finding acceptance, discovering ourselves, and realizing that rainbows are all around us- and within us too.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Globe and Mail
Liam Lacey

A family film that risks drowning in its own syrup.

June 22, 2017
7M Pictures
Kevin Carr

The story is sweet and tender, and it's modestly self-contained. Sure, it deals with some heavy to...

June 22, 2017
Common Sense Media
Brian Costello

Magical coming-of-age story is intensely emotional.

June 22, 2017
Spirituality and Practice
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

A fine family film about an orphan who finds a satisfying new life in the countryside of Ireland.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Magical coming-of-age story is intensely emotional.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this poignant coming-of-age story set in the beautiful Irish countryside includes the death of a parental figure. Themes of bullying, loss, and abandonment are throughout this heartrending film, and while such topics may be difficult for younger or less mature children, A Shine of Rainbows should spark interesting discussions within families about these issues. Expect some strong positive lessons about compassion and the value of parental love mixed in with the hard stuff.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:April 23, 2010
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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