To tell, to play, to sing this epic battle of Gilliatt, a sailor from Guernsey.
A battle with the elements, the ocean, the storm, an octopus, a battle with himself.
The battle of a man of nothing, convinced that by saving a stranded ship he will win the love of a woman and the esteem of a population set in its unquestioning judgements.
A losing battle with destiny, a struggle to the death but furiously alive of a "wretch" who does not give up.
Gilliatt le maudit is indeed the novelistic double of Hugo the banished, who, exiled by Napoleon III, wrote Les travailleurs de la mer (Workers of the Sea) standing on his rock in Guernsey.
This Hugolian fresco is a love letter addressed to humanity, thrown like a bottle into the sea. "This cry of love for humanity has found its voice and its interpreter [Paul Fructus], moving and majestic". Vaucluse Matin
Adapted and performed by Paul Fructus; sound by Adrien Meulien; lighting by Pierre Vigna; musical contributions by Patrick Fournier and Jean-Louis Morel