A Shine of Rainbows

Theatrical Release: April 30, 2010
DVD Release: March 15, 2011
A Shine of Rainbows


Tomas, a frail, shy eight-year-old boy, has been living a solitary life in a drab orphanage – sad, friendless and alone. Then a joyous burst of color comes into his world: Maire O’Donnell, whose smile and spirit light up the darkest room – and Tomas’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.

Not discouraged, Maire introduces Tomas to the wonders of his new world. She shares with him the secrets of the seals, the mystery of the stone giant and shows him that you can find wonder anywhere if you really look. In this rugged and enchanting world, Tomas thrives. He befriends a pair of island children and rescues an orphan seal pup that joins him on his journey of self discovery. Slowly, Alec too begins to see in Tomas what Maire always has. But when tragedy strikes, Tomas is faced with his greatest challenge yet, for he’ll lose everything unless he can find and share the love inside him. Ticking all, Tomas embarks on a perilous journey where he will need to call on all of Maire’s gifts to triumph and come home.

This is a story about transformational power of love, about finding courage, discovering family and about realizing that rainbows are all around you and within you, too.

Dove Review

This is a wondrous, heartwarming story that will lift your spirits! Tomas is a young boy who lost his grandmother and is in an orphanage where he is picked on and bullied by the other boys. Then one day he is chosen by Maire O’Donnell to be part of her family. There on the Irish island he makes the discovery of his life with Maire’s help, and his world opens up to color in the world, the warmth of love and being part of a family.

It is not always easy for people to accept others or accept the loss of loved ones, and this story tells of both. With the help of the Irish countryside, this film nicely tells of one boy’s life changing experiences which help him grow and form a new life.

We award the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and older due to some scenes which may be frightening to younger children.

Content Description

Sex: A couple kissing.
Language: None
Violence: Boys bullying a younger boy; boy shoots mud balls with sling shot at another boy; scary thunder and lightning storm.
Drugs: Man with bottle; man shown drunk; man smoking pipe.
Nudity: None
Other: Death of a parent; acceptance of an adopted child.


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Director: Vic Sarin
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 153 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe