Code Name Lily
DRAMA ACTION ADVENTURE WAR HISTORICAL FICTION SUSPENSE/THRILLER ROMANCE
20th Century (multiple decades)
Code Name Lily takes you on an unforgettable journey from Belgium, into France, and over the Pyrenees mountains into Spain, where an extremely clever and persuasive young Belgian nurse outsmarts the Nazis time and again, risking her life if she is caught, but protecting every airman along the way.
As a young and innocent nurse of 22, Micheline "Michou" Dumon-Ugeux, thinks very little about WWII until her parents and sister are arrested for being members of the Comet Line escape network in Brussels. She becomes a legend in the escape line as she personally saved over 250 downed airmen.
Years after the war ended, Lily, as she was called in the Comet Line, was honored as a heroine by Harry Truman, King George of England, and King Leopold III of Belgium. She died in November, 2017 at age 96 in Saint-Siffret. France. The story ends with what happened to her Comet Line comrades.
Brussels, Paris, southern France, Pyrenees Mountains, cities in the U.S.
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Rebellion Against 'The One',Internal Journey/Rebirth
Plot - Other Elements
Mature Audience Themes
Main Character Details
Name: Micheline "Michou" Dumon-Ugeux, code named Lily
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Heroic,Honorable,Patriotic,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Romantic,Secretive,Leader
Additional Character Details
Name: Gerard Papineau
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Charming,Faithful,Gracious,Heroic,Underdog,Patriotic,Romantic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code
Additional Character Details
Name: Jacque De Soubrie
Key Traits: Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Villainous,Power Hungry,Blunt,Narcisstic,Secretive,Greedy,Unapologetic,Sarcastic,Lone Wolf
Additional Character Details
Name: too many to list, but think Schindler's List tribute at the end
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Confident,Decisive,Faithful,Underdog,Patriotic,Selfless,Skillful,Heroic,Visionary,Secretive,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code
A historical fiction about the true life story of a young Belgian nurse, who successfully became a key leader in the Comet Line escape network during World War II. Known only by her code name of Lily, she cleverly and persuasively eludes the Nazis in aiding over 250 downed Allied airmen to escape the Germans from Brussels, Belgium, into France, and southward over the Pyrenees mountains into Spain and freedom. The relationships with downed airmen, the encounters with German agents infiltrating the escape line, and the calmness and determination of Lily, all add up to countless brushes with the Germans for over two years. But Lily is never caught. Follow us on the true story of Micheline "Michou" Dumon-Ugeux, a twenty-two year old who stood just five feet tall, but was a giant of a woman, a real heroine in the Belgian resistance. The story is ripe for a major film production or television mini-series, but even better suited for a multi-season presentation on public television's Masterpiece. The remembrance group for the Comet Line continues to meet each year in Brussels to pay tribute to the memory of former members and their contribution to the safety of downed Allied airmen during World War II. Even though the war ended over seventy-five years ago, we can never forget what Lily and the Comet Line did to free Belgium from Nazi oppression. Lily is my latest in a line of strong female characters. The only difference this time is that she is real.
WAR, ROMANCE, DRAMA
A family discovers the secret past of a patriarch, who fought honorably and was wounded during WWII. More than that, they find out he was in love with a nurse member of the Belgian resistance who helped him escape being captured by the Nazis. At the end, they finally bury him with the deserved honors and visit the place in Europe where the nurse was recently buried, after living a long, happy life.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
Yes, it does.
Draw of Story
The fact that it is based on a true story of heroism and love.
Not really, the book is always interesting, even though the author's writing style could be more elaborate.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
A true story of love and bravery that is little known by the general public and has the potential to resonate emotionally.
It could, especially by those moved by war tales and narratives about overcoming seemingly impossible difficulties.
Yes, it seems to be the kind of narrative that attracts a lot of Awards attention.
Similar Films/TV Series
SCHINDLER'S LIST - GERMAN ENTREPRENEUR OSKAR SCHINDLER SAVES MORE THAN A THOUSAND JEWS DURING WWII BY EMPLOYING THEM IN HIS FACTORIES. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK - ANNE FRANK IS A TEENAGE JEW GIRL WHO HIDES IN THE ATTIC WITH HER FAMILY DURING WWII, TRYING TO AVOID BEING CAPTURED BY GESTAPO AND SENT TO A CONCENTRATION CAMP
What’s New About the Story
It is not exactly original, but the fact that it is based on a widely unknown story makes it unique. If the story would be told in a less clichéd manner, it could become an even more interesting narrative.
They are brave, selfless and willing to help others despite great personal risks, not caring much about honorable titles or recognition.
Uniqueness of Story
Not really a rare gem, but it has the potential to become a very moving narrative, with little adjustments when adapted.
Film - Studio, Film - Streaming
It is a moving tale of bravery and love in difficult times, based on a true story, something that the audience might connect to very easily. Furthermore, the narrative is well told by the author, and is presently very cinematic and apparently easy to adapt to the screen. In the vein of some great stories of survival and heroism set in the 2nd World War, such as Schindler's List and The Diary of Anne Frank, it is also very Awards-friendly, an aspect that should potentialize the interest of studios in adapting it. Regarding the adaptation itself, some little changes would have to be made in order for it to be successful. One of the most important issues is the fact that the narrative feels somewhat standard and too predictable along the way, so the structure and the storytelling could be improved and gain some sophistication when transformed into a screenplay. Also, the members of the protagonist's family lack development, as the book somehow pays too much attention to him and Lily. Since we are also going to follow these people for much of the narrative, it might become a problem in an adaptation. Therefore, a bit more of their personality could be shown, with additional complexity. However, despite these minor issues, it is a story with a lot of potential, that I can see being successfuly transferred to the big screen.