I’ll tell this about “Things Heard & Seen”: it lives up to its moniker. If you let your Netflix algorithm have its way for two hours out of curiosity or inertia, you will undoubtedly hear and see some stuff, but you may have difficulty recalling what they were.
The film, directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, is based on Elizabeth Brundage’s novel “All Things Cease to Appear,” which is a more intriguing title than “All Things Cease to Appear,” but maybe not as cinematic. Catherine Claire (Amanda Seyfried), who has left New York City and moved into an old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley with her husband, George (James Norton), and their young daughter, Franny, is the one doing the most of the seeing and listening (Ana Sophia Heger).
What happens up there might serve as a warning to those who didn’t flee the city during the pandemic, or an invitation to schadenfreude for those who didn’t. Not that “Things Heard & Seen” is concerned with staying current. It takes place in 1980, and the period setting appears to be primarily a matter of technology, as in many contemporary thrillers. There were no Google image searches, weather applications, or Zillow listings back then. Being a ghost at the time was ideal. IMDB