A Shine of Rainbows

7.11 h 41 min2010X-RayPG
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. 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.
Vic Sarin
Aidan QuinnConnie NielsenJohn Bell
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4.6 out of 5 stars

737 global ratings

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ScoutReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Similar to Roan Innis movie
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Children’s movie but maybe too sad. Bought because I love movies about Ireland especially along west sea coast. Also really like the actors who played parents - Aiden Quinn and Connie Nielsen. The young lad is now an actor in the Outlander series on STARZ
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TruthgirlReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth the money.
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What a sweet story with a little sad but sweet in there. The cute family's house is in a beautiful location, the cinematography is
beautiful and things end on a sweet note. I like that. I love the mom's creative way of doing things. Just right for the son it seems.
I will watch this again. The actors were great and the boy is fantastic. So endearing. I have grown kids so this made me look
back on their young years. So cute and sweet.
5 people found this helpful
F. J. GonzalesReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fine family fare but probably too sad for small children.
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A sweet little charmer but, dare I say, a tad overrated? Please forgive me! ;) After reading such glowing reviews and how much it was recommended, I bought this movie for a 5-year-old girl, before I'd screened it myself. So, when finally able to see it after the fact, as I was watching it, I gradually began to wonder if a certain sad thing was going to happen in the movie and, honestly, I cringed when it did. But I won't give away this part of the storyline which, I felt, was too sad for very young children, perhaps under 10 years old. The film, still, more than compensates as fine, above-average family fare (I've been an Aidan Quinn fan for decades), though it's not necessarily as brilliant and life-changing as some of the reviews state (not to mention an unexpectedly subpar DVD transfer).
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Transcendental ThomistReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic family drama
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Based on an Irish children's book, this is the rare family film that blends a pitch-perfect sense of whimsy -- featuring beautiful location footage of the gorgeous green Irish island where it takes place -- with realistic family interactions told from a young boy's point of view. More impressively, it does so without descending into the fantasies and special effects-driven dream worlds so favored by American children's films. Aidan Quinn and Connie Nielsen (nailing the accent) play two working-class parents who adopt a shy young boy from a Catholic orphanage. The film depicts in beautiful and subtle ways their painful growth into a family, with some surprising and touching moments along the way. This is edifying, uplifting, and realistic drama at its best. Rather than being heavy, the tone here is light and humorous, but the emotions are real. It's a good film.
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MomReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2014
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We have become pretty big fans of off-the-wall Irish films that no one has heard of before. This is one of those treasures. A GREAT SHOW, rather sad, but very uplifting in the end. And ya gotta love that Irish accent :)

Here are some others that we have found: Darby O'Gill and the Little People (for the younger ones), Into The West, The Secret of Roan Inish, Waking Ned Devine, Ondine (for a little older-starring Colin Farrell), The Water Horse (that one is set in Scotland)
17 people found this helpful
LizzieReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Family Movie
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This is an excellent family movie! I have several of my grandchildren visiting with me and purchased it for granny and papa (me and hubby) to watch together with the kids. The story line is very good and prompted many questions by the children that led to great discussions for teaching/reviewing life values. I highly recommend it. The children 5 and 7 years old even asked to watch it again as soon as it was over!!!
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Sandra R. NovakReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
True storytelling
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Lovely story with good depth of characters. This was a good (but sad) story, told well. The acting, setting, costumes, even the animals unfolded he story in an engrossing way. Worth the time to watch!
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Leb PittmanReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Have Plenty Of Tissue
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Talk about the development of strong family bonds, this film shows how the worst type of family tragedy can be overcome with steadfast love. I must admit that I had tears coming down my face more than once watching this film. The emotions shown by the three main characters was just so real.
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