* ''Film/MysteryRoad''. Despite having an ex-wife and daughter in the town where he's staying, Jay Swann lives alone in a house on the outskirts of town. This shows not only his isolation from his family, but from the community in general, given that he is an Aboriginal police officer and therefore mistrusted on both sides of the racial divide.
** Played straight in one cutaway about "depressing single guys apartment" where a realtor shows a prospective buyer around a small, cramped kitchen. He mentions that the oven is just decorative.
** Also played straight when Brian is forced to leave the Griffin house after becoming a town pariah, and moves into a dilapidated apartment fitting this trope to a T. The light fixtures don't even work, leaving Brian sitting alone in the dark eating instant Mac N Cheese.
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