The wild chickens and life

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Original title The wild chickens and life
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 2009
length 108 minutes
Age rating FSK 0
Director Vivian Naefe
script Thomas Schmid
Uschi Reich
Vivian Naefe
production Uschi Reich
Peter Zenk
music Niki Reiser
camera Peter Döttling
cut Christian Nauheimer

The Wild Chicken and Life is a German youth film from 2009 by Vivian Naefe . The film is based on the book series Die Wilden Hühner by Cornelia Funke and is the continuation of the films Die Wilden Hühner and Die Wilden Hühner and die Liebe . Part of the film is also titled Die wilden Hühner auf Klassenfahrt ( The wild chickens on a class trip ), this is the title of the second volume in the book series, but apart from the basic motif of such a trip, the book and the film have nothing in common.


The "chickens" are slowly growing out of their youthful gang age and have to face the worries of growing up on the sidelines of one last big class trip before graduation. Wilma absolutely wants to go to the film in order to make it big there, Torte's parents move to Denmark, and so he has to say goodbye to his friends, Frieda has secretly fallen in love with Melanie's ex-boyfriend Willi, while she fears that he is pregnant, Trude has a difficult long-distance relationship, Sprotte and Fred are in a crisis, and even Sprotte's mother Sybille, who is also involved as a bus driver, has an urgent problem to clarify. While you can once again enjoy your carefree childhood in the school camp with lots of fun and mutual pranks, the realization matures that changes are part of life and at some point the point of "letting go" will come. With the "wild chicks", however, the next generation is already in the starting blocks.


  • In the film, motifs from the second (school trip) and fourth (appearance of the "wild chicks") part of the book series are included, but to preserve the cinematic chronology, they are placed after the fifth volume (and second film) and provided with their own plot that clearly differs from the books. Much of the action takes place on a class trip to the Landschulheim Schloss Heessen in Hamm , but it was also filmed in Schloss Eringerfeld in Geseke , in Lippstadt and Xanten .
  • Except for the role of Melanie, the actors in the Wild Chickens remained unchanged from the previous films. Sonja Gerhardt replaced as the new Melanie Paula Riemann , who was in the USA and could not take part in the sequel.
  • The cinema release in Germany was on January 29, 2009. The first broadcast on German television was on April 25, 2011 on ZDF .
  • A television series about the "wild chickens" was planned. For this purpose the "wild chicks", which also appeared in a different role in the books, were introduced, which were to experience all kinds of adventures in the follow-up series as the new, younger "wild chickens". Ultimately, the series was never implemented.


“The entertainment film impresses with its sophisticated characters and the well-placed tension dramaturgy and cleverly combines the abundance of action levels. Some conflicts are handled too lightly, but the down-to-earth staging always remains close to the interests of the teenagers. "

“A bit of pregnancy, a bit of peer pressure, a bit of jealousy and a bit of alcohol abuse, wild chicks that take the wrong path a bit strikingly and get lost, a bit of sexuality [..], just a bit tolerable of everything, almost as having one is afraid to impose too much on the audience, to allow conflicts to arise that can no longer be thrown away dramatically. [..] The whole film suffers from these powerless compromises. Admittedly, it is not to blame for the fact that the problems are not solved, but postponed or shifted to adults, on the contrary. But since it never gets really serious, nothing is really to be taken seriously "

- Natália Wiedmann - Editing - The film magazine

“The world of the" chickens "is not an ideal one, even if director Vivian Naefe only touches on many worries and needs. Young girls find each other again in Sprotte (Michelle von Treuberg) and her friends. Because the problems seem familiar to them. The film is therefore no longer suitable for viewers of primary school age. "

- Andreas Böhme - DerWesten

“Because the episodes of the book's original material were now as good as exhausted, the producer herself has now developed a script for“ The Wild Chicken and Life ”together with the director Vivian Naefe and Thomas Schmid; Cornelia Funke's ideas were incorporated. The main thing is that the girls around Sprat slowly feel too grown up to be really wild. Three silly "wild chicks" about ten years old compete with them on a school trip and will eventually succeed them as a gang. "

- Cornelia Geissler - Berliner Zeitung


  • The entire film trilogy was awarded a special prize at the New Faces Award 2009.


It was the last film with Doris Schade, as she did not appear in any other film until her death.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Milde Hühner in Schnitt - Das Filmmagazin from January 29, 2009
  2. "Wilde Hühner" on the threshold of being a woman in DerWesten from January 29, 2009
  3. Not wild enough anymore in Berliner Zeitung of January 29, 2009