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HAMAM: THE TURKISH BATH is a strange, bewitching film which works its spell on you gradually. Francesco is a dapper Italian businessman who receives word from Turkey that he has inherited property after the death of his aunt. Once he arrives in Istanbul, he gets what he hadn't bargained for - a near-derelict Turkish bath house; and some long, meaningful looks from the young man whose father has acted as custodian of the baths. Whatever will his wife say? Despite the farcical possibilities, this is a meditative work, at least until the last 10 minutes, when it all goes horribly wrong for the film and for poor Francesco.

ICA, London SW1 (0171-930 3647)

The Exorcist (above) is re-released the day before Hallowe'en but, if you see it today in Oxford, you get the considerable bonus of a post-film Q&A session with the film's director, William Friedkin.

Oxford Picture House (01865 245288)