* AwardSnub: Apart from a Golden Globe nomination for Original Score, the film was largely ignored on the awards circuit, even in the areas of visual effects and art direction.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Clint Mansell's score is nothing short of terrifyingly beautiful and stunningly emotional. Then again, one could expect no less from the award-winning [[RequiemForADream frequent collaborator]] of director [[Creator/DarrenAronofsky Darren Aronofsky]]. Just listen to "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihF_aXi-Huk Death is the Road to Awe]]" if you still aren't convinced that Clint Mansell can make the world end.
* CultClassic
* EpilepticTrees: It's an Epileptic ''Forest''.
* GrowingTheBeard: Hugh Jackman did so literally and figuratively with this film. Before ''The Fountain'', he was still largely known for his roles in crowd-pleasing action movies (''Film/XMen'', ''Film/{{Swordfish}}'', ''Film/VanHelsing'', etc.), and few people had any reason to see him as anything more than a generic "bad boy" action hero. With his role as Tommy, he showed that he was willing to work on more experimental films that weren't guaranteed blockbusters, and he got to showcase his impressive acting range for one of the first times in his career.
* HilariousInHindsight: In the earliest version of the film, Tommy and Izzy were supposed to be played by Creator/BradPitt and CateBlanchett, who dropped out of the cast when the studio refused to fund the earliest version. Just two years after ''TheFountain'' came out, they were cast in a ''different'' film in which they played [[Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton star-crossed lovers dealing with the complications of unusual movement through time]].
* IronWoobie: Izzy.
* NightmareFuel: When Tomás [[spoiler:ingests]] the sap from the tree [[spoiler: and plants start sprouting from his body.]]
* StrawmanHasAPoint: Grand Inquisitor Silecio, according to WordOfGod. "Our bodies are prisons for our souls. Our skin and blood, the iron bars of confinement. [[GoodNewsBadNews But fear not]]. All flesh decays. [[DownerEnding Death turns all to ash. And thus, death frees every soul]]."
* SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: Jackman, who plays three different characters in the film and does so amazingly well. In fact he spent hours with Aronofsky working on the physicality for each of the three roles. Tomas the id, with a very aggressive walk, coming straight from the pelvis. Tom the superego, incredibly emotional and light. Tommy the ego, very cerebral and driven, focused.
* {{Narm}}: Some people found it absurd how [[spoiler: the flowers explode rapidly on Tomas's body when he drinks from the sticky white sap of the Tree of Life]].
* TearJerker: And ''how''!
* TheWoobie: Tommy
* VindicatedByHistory: Even though this movie was largely ignored by the awards circuit (see AwardSnub above), audiences in more recent years have been a bit more willing to at least recognize its ambitions, largely because the one-two punch of ''Film/TheWrestler'' and ''Film/BlackSwan'' helped make Darren Aronofsky an Academy darling once again, proving that ''Film/RequiemForADream'' wasn't a fluke. It's still considered one of his weaker films, mind, but it's at least regarded as a crucial entry in the filmography of one of the more notable directors in the business today.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The effects were produced for a mere pittance, using microphotography (photos of tiny things, like oil droplets) rather than CGI. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP5VWfv0hlk The result looks profoundly surreal, and stunningly beautiful.]]