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Still shot from the movie: A Shine of Rainbows.

A Shine of Rainbows

An eight-year-old orphan named Tomas (John Bell) feels like he has found the gold at the end of the rainbow when he is adopted by Maire O'Donnell (Connie Nielsen). And even the less-than-enthusiastic support of her husband Alec (Aidan Quinn) can't tarnish his chance at happiness. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B+
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 101
Theater Release: 09 Apr 2010
Video Release: 15 Mar 2011
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

As Thomas tries to cope with Alec’s disappointment with him, he asks Marie why she chose him in the first place. What reasons does she give? What events in her past contribute to the way she sees Thomas? How does her vision help to shape the boy?

How does Marie use the local folklore to assist Thomas in dealing with his sense of loneliness and fear? What other tools does she offer to help him heal from his past?

How does the seal pup’s plight parallel Thomas’s life experience? Is he the only character in the movie who is feeling abandoned?

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