The wild chickens and love

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Original title The wild chickens and love
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 2007
length 108 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Vivian Naefe
script Marie Count
Uschi Reich
production Uschi Reich
Peter Zenk
music Annette Focks
camera Peter Döttling
cut Hansjörg Weißbrich

Die Wilden Hühner und die Liebe is a German youth film from 2007, based on the book Die Wilden Hühner und die Liebe by Cornelia Funke . It is the continuation of the film The Wild Chickens . While the first film predominantly retells the plot of the third book ( Die Wilden Hühner: Fuchsalarm ), the second film corresponds in title and content to the fifth (and so far last) volume in the series, with brief flashbacks also referring to the fourth volume Die Wilden Chickens and the happiness of the earth is taken.

In June 2008, filming began on a third film entitled Wild Chickens and Life . In this, motifs from the second (class trip) and fourth (appearance of the wild chicks ) part of the book series are included, but to preserve the cinematic chronology, placed after the fifth volume, and provided with their own plot. It opened in theaters on January 29, 2009.


The girl's gang of wild chickens around Sprotte , Frieda , Trude , Wilma and Melanie are already known from the first film The Wild Chickens . If they used to quarrel with the pygmies ( Fred , Torte , Steve and Willi ), they have now endured a number of adventures together, and the previous rivalry has now turned into a friendly relationship.

Chickens and pygmies experience the trials and tribulations of love. Sprotte and Fred could be happy together, were it not for Sprotte's eternal jealousy. Frieda, on the other hand, sees her friend Maik at the weekend at best, as he lives on a horse farm 200 kilometers away. Melanie is unhappy about the separation from Willi since he left her for three years older than Nana. Only the slightly overweight Trude and the quarrelsome Wilma seem to get nothing at first.

However, the preparations for the big school play of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and the upcoming party with the pygmies do not leave much time to devote to the finer things in life.

To make matters worse , Sprotte's mother also wants to marry, of all people, the smartass , as Sprotte calls her mother's boyfriend. Before that happens, Sprotte's father suddenly appears and confuses the emotional world of mother and daughter. He had left the family when Sprotte was still a baby, and now Sprotte has to find out that he was in contact with Grandma Slättberg the whole time , lives in the same town, practically around the corner, and is a sought-after photographer. But before you can get to know each other better, he has to go on a longer assignment abroad.

Sprotte's jealousy reaches new heights when Fred turns down Sprotte's offer to study English with the smart ass and instead practice with Willi's pretty friend Nana. Melanie strains the friendship of the chickens to the utmost when she approaches a couple of motorcycling macho guys from a higher class, and finally Sprotte and Frieda learn that Wilma is in love after all - with a girl from the theater group! When the other chickens find out, Melanie immediately demands that Wilma be thrown out of the chickens and leaves the gang herself when her demand is not complied with. Wilma is devastated and voluntarily offers to leave the gang, which Sprotte, Frieda and Trude vehemently reject.

The tense situation culminates in a scandal during the pygmies' party. While sprat cuts Fred out of jealousy, Trude of all people finds a worshiper in Steve's Spanish cousin Ramon. But then Melanie shows up with her new companions, who give the previously peaceful celebration their oomph and thus break the party. A wild brawl breaks out, at the end of which Melanie realizes what she has done and runs away. Only Willi goes after her and leaves Nana alone at the party. At least Sprotte and Fred can reconcile after the mess.

The next day, the advertising posters for the school performance are smeared with Wilma & Leonie's love dream all over the school , which makes Wilma feel even more isolated than before, especially since she doesn't want her parents to know about her devotion to the same sex under any circumstances . Rather, she leaves the theater group, which would doom the entire performance.

Melanie, of all people, initiates the turning point for the better. When she arranged a "chance" meeting between her and the other Wild Chickens , she casually mentions that she could move to her father in Würzburg and would like to visit the chickens at the caravan again. She is not only allowed to visit the poultry, but also made it clear that not only the winged, but also the two-legged chickens would be very sad if she went to Würzburg. While Melanie is with the chickens, Frieda suddenly appears at the caravan because she wanted to check again where the “gang book” actually stipulates that the wild chickens are only allowed to fall in love with boys.

Melanie then goes to Wilma alone to apologize sincerely for her bad behavior. At the same time, she can persuade Wilma to go back to the theater and thus save the school performance.

United again, the high point of the school year is approaching with united forces. With the help of the smartass , who initially withdrew after Sprotte's father appeared, but then regularly goes in and out of Sprotte's mother again, the gossips who wanted to sabotage Wilma's performance are pacified, and the school performance is a complete success .

Soon, everything seems to run again in his usual tracks: Melanie solemnly back into the circle of the Wild Chicks added, Sybille and the smartass let their ambivalent relationship further dahintröpfeln, sprat, along with Fred, Frieda and Maik carry out their long-distance relationship on, as well Trude and Ramon. Willi meets up with Melanie again (even if nasty tongues suspect that Willi will continue to meet with Nana), and after Leonie broke up with Wilma, the chickens found out that lovesickness is not just about boys.

In the final scene you can see that a postcard from Sprotte's father arrives at Slättbergs, announcing his return.


  • The renouncement of an instructive, pedagogical classification of the events is particularly pleasing. This is also exemplified by the episode about Wilma, who falls in love with a new classmate. Same-sex love - still an exotic and taboo topic for a youth film - Naefe approaches with extreme sensitivity.
  • So it is anything but soft-washed enthusiasm and other superficialities that are at stake here, rather it is about courage, (self) confidence, firmness of character and moral courage, with which things have to be confronted ... instead of overdone turbulence the staging in a rather quiet, reserved narrative style.
  • Even if the characters are a bit too good, Die wilden Hühner und die Liebe is a solid children's film, in which everything is not trivialized and the young actors act casually in front of the camera. If you recall the often contrived acting performances by German representatives of this genre, it becomes clear that this cannot be taken for granted.


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  1. Age designation for Die Wilde Hühner und die Liebe . Youth Media Commission .
  3. film service 07/2007