The Rainbow Kid

Directed by Kire Paputts

Eugene, a young man with Down Syndrome, embarks on the journey of a lifetime: he's going to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and save the day.


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  • ★★★½ review by Roman Rangel on Letterboxd

    ‘The Rainbow Kid’ nos introduce a un chico con síndrome de Down que recorre Ontario en busca del oro que él creé se encuentra al final del arcoíris -cabe mencionar que esta fantasía deriva después de que su madre y él son desalojados. Su odisea lo introduce a personajes “lynchianos” y momentos un tanto surreales (como su encuentro con un travesti o un padre que explota a su hija, quien también tiene una condición similar).

    ‘The Rainbow Kid’ es una propuesta canadiense muy extraña que se mueve entre diferentes tonos pero que resulta sorpresivamente envolvente. Es una especie de ‘road movie’ impredecible que no será para todos pero que vale la pena.

  • ★★★½ review by Kyle Mahaney on Letterboxd

    This film was not what I expected at all, and there were several moments where I was audibly shocked at the twists it takes. It's not an easy film to watch, but it is a sweet story.

  • ★★★½ review by Seanery on Letterboxd

    A very unique and often moving film, The Rainbow Kid follows Eugene, a 19 year old with Down Syndrome who, after the death of his mother, goes on a quest to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Picaresque in nature, the story chronicles all the various people he meets along the way. Some are strange, others unsavory, and some downright evil. It's a compelling journey, and Dylan Harman is wonderful in the central role, playing a character who never loses his optimism or sense of right and wrong. If I have one criticism of the film, it's that toward the end of the third act it starts to feel like the tragedy is being heaped on a bit too much. An unexpected death comes as a shock, but also seems (given all that we have experienced) a tad forced and unrealistic. That being said, even this event leads to a touching scene later on that underscores the kindness of its central character, and by the time the credits rolled around I was quite happy I had gone on this journey with him. I would certainly recommend The Rainbow Kid. While it has its flaws, I think they are minor, and more often than not it hits the mark. It's also one of the more original films I have seen in a while, and that's no easy feat.

  • ★★★½ review by Joe Ciaravino on Letterboxd

    A really touching, yet never overly-sentimental mythical road trip movie featuring a principal cast of actors with Down Syndrome and wonderful supporting roles filled by some of Canada's best character actors.

  • ★★★★ review by Sean Kelly on Letterboxd

    A touching, funny, and occasionally quite dark odyssey of a young man with Down Syndrome.

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