Meeting Sofie

  • Sofie

  • Sofie at work on her family's farm

  • A room in the house of Sofie

  • Sofie in the white body

  • Sofie with cigarette

  • Sofie with her white horse

  • Portrait of Sofie at home

  • On the street of Eilenstedt

  • Sofie hanging out with her brother's friends

  • Sofie with her mother Barbara

  • In the morning

  • Sofie's new haircut

  • Sofie with her friend Lina at the swimming pool

  • Sofie at the bus station

  • Sofie with her boyfriend Andy in the poppy field

  • Break up

  • Sofie with Barbara

  • Sofie waiting for the thunderstorm

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