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In the Survivalist movie, the main protagonist gets shot in the abdomen. Then after the bullet is removed and his wound is cauterised, he goes outside and lies down on the ground and lifts up some sheet.
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Why does he lie down on the ground and what is that sheet he's lifting up?

I'm asking because afterward, they show worms crawling out of his wound. What exactly was he trying to do?

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    – asmgx
    Commented Jul 13, 2020 at 5:54

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In the script this is explained in a little more detail. In short he wants maggots in the wound as they'll debride the wound and eat the infected tissue and leave the healthy tissue. It follows that covering himself will prevent birds and mice from getting to the (desired) maggots.

EXT. STREAM - DAY
Survivalist pulls open the gauze to inspect the wound. Arching his head, he sees a trail of green pus. Not good, in a world without antibiotics. He closes his eyes.

EXT. THE HEAPS - DAY
Survivalist trudges to the stinking, buzzing compost heaps. Flies flicker around his face. He lies on the ground, quite still, and opens up the gauze, exposing the wound. After some time, flies curl and land around the open flesh. He watches them begin to nestle around the exposed, festering wound.

INT. CABIN, MAIN ROOM - NIGHT
The three, eating dinner. Two armed. Survivalist, gaunt and pale.

INT. CABIN, MAIN ROOM - NIGHT (LATER)
Resting on the bed, Survivalist inspects his wound with his small mirror. Tiny MAGGOTS wriggle and curl inside. They feast on the infected tissue. Milja watches from the open door of the seed room.

SURVIVALIST: I’m sick.

INT. CABIN, MAIN ROOM - NIGHT
Survivalist lies in bed, two mouldy cushions stacked up against his back. Milja washes the maggots from his wound and collects the detritus in a bowl. The infested tissue has been eaten away, but he has contracted fever. His skin is deathly pale.

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