HOW nice to see a film about Vietnam that doesn't feature any war significance. The Scent of Green Papaya (World, 9.30pm) - shot, surprisingly, in France - is the story of a young peasant girl and does not have a crazed American soldier in sight. It should be essential viewing for Oliver Stone and anyone else for whom Vietnam remains a no-man's land of the imagination. It's the story of 10-year-old Mui, who comes to Saigon to serve at the household of an apparently typical bourgeois family: grandmother, parents, three sons and a maid. It's 1951, there are just foreshadowings of Western influence, but already the old conventions are beginning to crack . . . Writer and director Tran Anh Hung's feature debut is evocative and sensuous, without any of the absurd colonial pretensions that spoil many European films about the country. Indochine was a feast of visual cliches and Stone's Heaven and Earth more of the same - paddy fields and straw hats everywhere you look. The Scent of Green Papaya is much more lyrical, controlled, enticing and politically ambivalent. It will open up your senses to another Vietnam - a perfect example of evoking emotion through tranquillity, not budget. It won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993 and an Oscar nomination the same year as Best Foreign Film. THE horror spoof Repossessed (World, 1.55am) won nothing, but might have been a good candidate in the juvenilia category. Leslie Nielsen stars, so you know what to expect. The gags come thick and fast, the idea being that if you tell enough jokes, someone will find some of them funny. The thing to note about Repossessed, a painfully unsubtle satire of The Exorcist, is that it stars Linda Blair, who starred in The Exorcist. She is a housewife who is possessed anew by the same demon she was rid of as a child. Blair and Nielsen are both good, but can't support the film by themselves. EQUALLY silly, without ever intending to be, is Stephen King's Graveyard Shift (Pearl, 9.30pm), based on the writer's short story of the same name about unspeakable horrors lurking in a once-abandoned mill. The title refers to the team of workers hired to clean out the rot and the rats from the mill's dank, cavern-like basement. This time the rats fight back. Gory special effects follow as characters die in a variety of unpleasant ways. NEITHER of the above are featured in Heartstoppers - Horror at the Movies (World, 3.20am), which looks at horror highlights and is hosted by George Hamilton, the man with the surgically implanted permatan. THE Odessa Steps sequence in The Battleship Potemkin (TDM Channel 1, 10.45pm) is one of the most famous sequences ever filmed. Worth going to Macau for, in fact. It's difficult to believe this was made in 1925 - and still has the power to grip any audience. The story revolves around the 1905 Russian Revolution. FILMS on Cable Movie Channel: The Real McCoy (7pm). Kim Basinger is well cast as a sexy cat burglar/ex-con who wants to go straight, but is forced into pulling off one last job when her son is kidnapped by the unpleasant Terence Stamp. Val Kilmer is the gum-chewing boy-next-door type who hooks up with Basinger. A generally amiable effort which doesn't use up much brain ampage. Me and Him (7am). Story of a man (Griffin Dunne) and his talking sex organ, based on an Italian novel. Well it would be, wouldn't it? Mark Linn-Baker supplies the voice of Dunne's 'special friend'. Camille Claudel (1am). Isabelle Adjani gives a fine performance as the tragic sculptor and lover of Rodin, who ended up in an asylum. Gerard Depardieu plays Rodin.