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A Shine of Rainbows

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A truly inspiring story of one ordinary family’s extraordinary journey. An orphaned boy named Tomás is adopted by Maire O’Donnell (Connie Nielsen) to live on a whimsical Irish isle filled with new friends, secret caves and a lost baby pup seal stranded on the coast. But when Maire’s reluctant husband Alec (Aidan Quinn) refuses to accept Tomás as his own son, the boy drifts down a fateful path of adventure and self-discovery, illuminating how rainbows can shine around--and within--us all.

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  • Actors: Connie Nielsen, Aidan Quinn, John Bell, Jack Gleeson, Tara Alice Scully
  • Directors: Vic Sarin
  • Writers: Vic Sarin, Catherine Spear, Dennis Foon, Lillian Beckwith
  • Producers: Chris Rudolph, David Reckziegel, James Flynn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IY6A0S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Shine of Rainbows" on IMDb

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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Maria Gagliano TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2011
Format: DVD
What I Can Tell You: Although I am not in love with the title, this was a beautifully done movie. Truly moving in so many ways. It is so visually appealing and real I could smell the salt air and the scratchiness of their sweaters.

The acting by Aidan Quinn, Connie Nielsen and John Bell (Tomas) was stellar. The only one I am familiar with is Aidan and thought his silent, strong, loving, desperate, character, Alec was brilliantly played.

Connie Nielsen's Marie was amazing. She is beautiful, mesmerizing and full of heart. She is everything you would wish for if you were a child like Tomas in need of love. I was unaware of the many films I have seen with her. Her impact from this movie will make me remember her forever.

John Bell's Tomas was unbelievable. My heart ached for him. He is like Oliver Twist, full of heartbreak, tears, fears and completely capable of love even after being in an orphanage and teased. He is a gentle soul who Marie falls completely in love with.

There is so much to say about this movie but I don't want to give anything away. While I saw where the movie was headed 20 minutes in, it is the journey to the end that makes this a must see.

My throat ached from sobbing through much of the movie. Not because the storyline is heartbreaking but because the acting was so strong, you felt all the emotions of the characters even when it had nothing to do with the lines of a script.

There is so much to love about this movie. The love of Marie and Alec! The love of Marie and Tomas. The way Marie sees the world and how she shares herself with others. The magic of a mother's love even when you are not biologically bound to them. The wonderment of color and how it adds to our lives in the simplest way, and the fantasy of rainbows and the beauty it holds both visually and spiritually.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on September 25, 2011
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Most people here say there is a lot of cliche in this movie, but they miss the important picture! In today's media, we expect too much! We assume movies have to be loaded with heavy information, sarcasm, irony, difficult scenery and so on. But in reality, good stories that touched a man's heart throughout centuries, have been those with simple messages!

This particular movie touched my heart with its simplicity more than any other heavy loaded movie could ever do! It really just kind of went into my cold heart and turned everything upside down with the innocence and purity of a childlike perspective!

This movie is the first ever that made me cry through the entire half! Those were tears of a breakthrough for me. Mostly because I could resonate with the main character, the orphaned boy. While I am not an orphaned myself, I have been too attached to my mother. In the movie the boy falls in purest love with his new mom, a very kind-hearted woman who adopts him. And just like the boy, I never had a good relationship with my father. Basically, the story is that of letting go of attachment with one person, and healing a relationship with another. This concept nailed it on the head for me! I could have never even imagined that I could actually be closer to my father than I thought!

Watch this movie to understand what I mean by all this. I would not want to spoil too much. If you watch the movie, and it does not speak to you in a any way, please don't write harsh reviews on how there are cliches or unrealistic situations, because miracles DO happen and life brings amazing surprises to those who are opened to it!

Because of this film, I decided to post-pone my graduation until next fall.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2011
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Set on Corrie Island, Ireland in the early 1960's, A SHINE OF RAINBOWS is the story about an orphan boy named Tomas who is adopted by a woman named Maire (Connie Nielsen) and her husband Alec (Aidan Quinn). Tomas (John Bell) has always been a bit of an outcast. He sees the beauty in what others consider mundane, but also has difficulty speaking. He is vilified by the other boys because he is not normal. Maire and Alec are unable to have a child of their own and Maire selects Tomas to be her son. Life on Corrie is much different than at the orphanage on the mainland, but Tomas adapts to it well. He has people who love him, he is surrounded by beauty and nature, and he begins to overcome his speaking problem. Maire adores Tomas and he loves her and shortly after arriving begins calling her Mum. Alec likes the boy and shows little moments of affection, but he can't quite bring himself to call Tomas his son (most clearly evidenced by his refusal to sign Tomas's adoption papers). A tragedy occurs and Tomas new life rushes toward oblivion.

I had never heard of A SHINE OF RAINBOWS until about a year ago when I saw a trailer for it on the DVD of I AM. The trailer really intrigued me.

The acting in the movie is amazing. Aidan Quinn plays a role different from many he has played in the past. Connie Nielsen is superb as Maire and gives an Oscar-worthy performance. However, it is the young John Bell as Tomas who is the standout star of the film. If this was a major movie marketed in America, Bell would have won all sorts of awards and accolades. Just as A SHINE OF RAINBOWS revolves around Tomas, the other actors in the film seem to take their cue from Bell and all of them give great performances.
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