We settled down to enjoy this having been told it was a 'feel good' movie. However -I must warn you that there is a way to travel before all the warm and fuzzy moments arrive. The drama is such that you might consider it worrying for sensitive/ small children even though other parts are wonderfully charming and endearing. So have those tissues to hand.
Connie Nielsen as young, beautiful, fey and life enhancing would be parent Maire O'Donnell is superb. Her taciturn husband Alec, played by Aidan Quinn, is a tougher nut to crack. 'Himself' as he is referred to, has a slightly different agenda in mind for this adoption project. Set in the fifties I thought or at least in an area stuck in that time warp. I am full of admiration for young Tomas, acted by John Bell, who he was beguiling, endearing and sweetly perfect in his role.
The glorious scenery of Corrie Island is a total pleasure. What a joy to see the double rainbow over the sea, the cosy cottage home and the colourful new way life the lovely Maire has created for her little orphan boy. Other children on the island are terrific too in an Enid Blyton kind of way. The seal pup abandoned by his mother on the beach; well the parallels are clear.
Then troubles come, and a terrible uncertainty is in the air. How Tomas deals with all this is heart wrenching and powerful, you will never forget watching 'a Shine of Rainbows'.