Not to be confused with the popular Savage Garden song, which came out seven years after the film.
- The Alleged House: Nina's new flat is agreed by all to be just dreadful. The plumbing is shot, and it's got an infestation of rats.
- Bittersweet Ending: Nina moves on from Jamie, deciding to pursue with happiness with Mark, whilst Jamie fondly wishes her goodbye, accompanied by his ghost friends.
- The Cast Show Off:
- Jamie and Nina sing "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore".
- Minghella said he wrote the script specifically as "a vehicle for [Stevenson] to express all her talents. She plays piano, likes dancing and has a quirky side to her."
- Break His Heart to Save Him: Jamie comes back to tarnish his image in Nina's head to help her move on.
- Dead Person Conversation: The entire premise of the movie.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Mark.
- Elegant Classical Musician: Jamie, Nina, and later the dead orchestra.
- Ghostly Goals: To help Nina move on from him and find new happiness.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Nina is deeply wounded by Jamie's loss, but moves on in the end.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Nina.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Jamie appears to behave the same as a normal human being, except he is permanently cold.
- Street Musician: Nina sees one as Jamie, then at a second glance realizes it was not him.