LOS ANGELES — Thought your daughter’s odd behavior was just another preteen phase?
There may be an alternate explanation: The dybbuk is back.
The malevolent spirit from 16th-century Jewish mysticism and folklore reappears in “The Possession,” a Hollywood film featuring Matisyahu and Kyra Sedgwick that opened last week.
In keeping with the times, the spirit has migrated from the Eastern European shtetl of S. Ansky’s play “The Dybbuk” to contemporary American suburbia and the home of Clyde Brenek, a high school basketball coach conflicted about the divorce from his wife and the father of two daughters.
Clyde takes the girls — Hannah, 15, and Em, 11 — to a yard sale, where Em is oddly attracted to a small box inscribed with Hebrew letters and persuades her father to buy it.