Usually I can predict what is going to happen (more or less) after watching the first act of most films, but Youth Without Youth rips up the usual template and attempts to take you on a journey where the end is never in sight. It isn't wholly successful but is never less than stimulating and involving. It is the polar opposite of 99.9% of other films - the narrative is linear and yet manages to suggest that time is anything but. The ending is beautiful, explaining all yet at the same time throwing into doubt everything you have just watched. If Daniel Day-Lewis had played the lead in this film it would have had accolades heaped upon it. As it is, Tim Roth does his best to hold things together but - by his own admission - he does not quite understand what the director was trying to say and it shows. I was utterly captivated by this film. Deeply flawed but still wonderful, this is a glorious, crazy mess of a masterpiece.