Back in the late 90s or early 00's, I saw this movie about some kids that were being put down by bullies. I think that a soccer ball falls out of nowhere or somehow they find this ball that has life. If not mistaken it can fly or float, and the place where you can inflate it is like the eye or the lens where it can see.

I believe it is European, French, German, UK... Because of the buildings and it was a bit gloomy. Had that grey color of cold weather. The name of the kids also seemed a bit weird. I think the kids try to help the ball. I don't recall what language it was. This is a movie from the late 80s ,90s or early 00s. I don't recall much but it was the size of a ball, saw it once on TV. I want to really say it was a soccer ball.

  • Your question might already have an answer here. scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/159220/… Not sure if this is the same story, but it sounds very similar.
    – RichS
    Jun 3, 2019 at 6:48
  • There is also The Glitterball (1977) but I haven't seen it. imdb.com/title/tt0192075 Jun 3, 2019 at 19:23
  • Is none of those. This is a movie from the late 80s ,90s or early 00s. I don't recall much but it was the size of a ball [I realy recall it being a soccer ball], saw it once on tv. But thanks Jun 4, 2019 at 3:16

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This is the plot of the fantasy childrens film The Ball (De Bal).

11 year old Sophia has no real friends. She is pushed around by the "Beastie boys", a gang of street kids who have built an entire camp in the trees of a junk yard. One day Sophia hears that the yard is ordered to be cut down by Carlow, the mayor. Mingus, who lives in the yard, will be taken away and put to sleep. Sophia is shocked but just then she meets a gypsy, who lends her an old leather ball. For five days only. The ball is alive and may just be able to help her saving the yard. And indeed the ball proves being an amazing character. It makes objects fly and communicates with Sophia through whistling, and successfully attacks Carlow's bodyguard "Sweetlove". Sophia is accepted in the gang.

It's Belgian, late 90s (1999), the atmosphere is gloomy, some of the kids have weird nicknames, it's kind of a soccer ball and I think it can see things (or at least communicate) through its air hole. You can watch a short clip from it here. Here's an image (from Amazon):

kids on a sports playground

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    Yes it's that one, I recognized the ball. Thanks ! I had this movie stuck on my head for years, and had looked for it in so many websites and in movies based on different European countries but no luck. Thanks! Jun 17, 2019 at 7:39

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