A Shine of Rainbows

Director(s): Vic Sarin
Country: Canada, Ireland
Language: In English
Live Action | 2009 | 100 min
Genre: Drama
Recommended for ages 8+ (Parental Guidance: Alcohol use and death of a parent. )

“A Shine of Rainbows” resembles a live-action Disney film from the 1950s, with its boundless enthusiasm for gentle adventuring, warm domestic bonding and tragic turns of fate. It serves as a nice change from films focused on the ills of modern youth or weighed down by bathroom humor. Tomas is a shy eight-year-old who’s been adopted and taken to a remote island in Ireland. He and his ornery father (Aidan Quinn) develop an emotional bond after experiencing a tragedy together.


“Hey, what’s not to like about cute orphans, baby seals, sweet moms and gruff dads with hearts of gold? And rainbows? If your heart is going thumpety-thump at such a prospect, here is the movie for you. No, I’m serious. And kids may really love it.” – Roger Ebert

Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2009, Children’s Jury Award, Best Feature; Heartland Film Festival 2009, Audience Award; Leo Awards 2010, Best Screenwriting in a Feature Length Drama; Newport Beach Film Festival 2010, Jury Award, Best Actor (John Bell)

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