The film tells the story of Llewyn Davis, a one time folk singer who was part of a duo, who after losing his partner, and making his own solo record, is trying to get his life together.
Llewyn Davis isn’t a nice man. He lives on peoples couches, taking advantage of them and is a permanent slacker. He’s a penniless artist trying to make a name for himself and doing whatever he can to survive. The thing that makes him so unlikeable is that everything is about him. He has an air of entitlement about him and thinks he is better than everyone else. Yet you cant help but feel sorry for him. It’s a good job by the actor taking this arrogant character and somehow making you want to root for him.
John Goodman’s character is the older, more haggard version of Llewyn. Still playing shows, having made it a little bit when he was younger. Its probably why their characters don’t like each other.
The film ends exactly how it started, and even though it seems like Llewyn is going to try and move on with his life, something always gets in the way, and makes him just continue on this endless cycle of sleeping on peoples couches and trying to make it big.